The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
Days before a key legislative deadline, Georgia Republican state senators introduced a proposal modeled after Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill that aims to deter teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom. Senate Bill 613 stands little chance of passing this late in the legislative session, though its provisions could be spliced onto other proposals that have already gained traction.
Senior Republicans indicated that wouldn’t happen. Still, even if it is destined for the dustbin, the measure’s mere existence means it could be used as grist to energize conservatives on the campaign trail. Among its 10 co-sponsors are two candidates for higher office: Bruce Thompson, who is running for labor commissioner, and Burt Jones, who would be president of the state Senate if he’s elected lieutenant governor.
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Thompson found himself in the national news early in the pandemic when he checked himself out of the hospital and broke quarantine to vacation at his Florida beach home.
The “free state” of Florida, you may recall, was turning away cars arriving from areas with high rates of coronavirus, which at the time included Thompson’s home county.