House Bill 150, authored by District 61 state Rep. Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta, makes it illegal to request a fee to have criminal mug shots removed from the website. It also addresses the problem of third parties posting the photographs on a personal website.
“I am thrilled about the passage of HB 150,” Bruce said. “It is an honor to provide victims of this scam with a legal platform. With HB 150, they can have their headshots removed and ensure that they are not exploited for profit.”
Bruce filed the bill after hearing a Douglas County domestic abuse victim’s experience with one website.
The bill sponsor said the legislation will help Georgians of all races and political persuasion because the websites have targeted all arrests regardless of the circumstances.
Bruce serves as chairman of the Douglas County legislative delegation.
The governor also signed a bill sponsored in the House by District 67 state Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, to add the specific crime of medical identity fraud to the state law on identity fraud.
The bill “states that a person commits medical identity fraud when he or she willfully and fraudulently uses identifying information of any real, fictitious or deceased person of any age to obtain medical care, prescription drugs, health care services, money or other financial gain.
“This legislation would coordinate medical identity fraud with identity fraud for jurisdiction and prosecution purposes,” according to information from the Senate Press Office.
The Senate sponsor was Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta.