Douglasville, GA (June 19, 2020) – Douglas County Chamber President and CEO Sara Ray recently announced the Douglas County Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the support of passage of hate crimes legislation. Georgia is one of only five states without hate crimes laws, and the Douglas County Chamber believes the 2019 passage of HB426, led by state Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), was an essential move in passing sustainable hate crime legislation. With only days remaining in the legislative session, the Douglas County Chamber strongly urges its State Delegation to swiftly pass bipartisan hate crime legislation.
“The Douglas County Chamber believes this legislation is consistent with our mission and vision for businesses and fosters an environment that encourages economic investment to recruit and retain employers,” says Ray. “Hate crimes are a nonpartisan issue. We recognize the need to stand together in the equal and fair treatment of all people. The Douglas County Chamber Board issuing this statement sends a strong message to our constituents that we are engaged and fully supportive in moving forward a hate crimes bill. I’m placing full faith in our lawmakers to support this critically important legislation.”
The Chamber’s Government Affairs and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committees spearheaded this initiative through a joint statement to the Chamber’s Board of Directors:
“We believe passage of this legislation is important because anti-bias public policy helps promote an inclusive business environment and prosperous community. In order to retain and continue to recruit companies and top talent the state must have a climate conducive not only to free enterprise but also to the safety and best interest of all of its citizens. We believe passage of anti-bias legislation is important for creating a vibrant business culture where all human beings are valued, respected and welcome. This is important to the state and to the Douglas County business community as both are comprised of entrepreneurs, employers, and employees of various religious beliefs, races, ethnicities, genders, physical abilities and orientation. The diverse backgrounds strengthen our businesses, our state and the entire Douglas County community.”
The Douglas County Chamber further encourages its members and other businesses to lend their support to this important legislation. This can be done by signing on to the effort by visiting www.passhatecrimesga.com.
To view the Douglas County Chamber’s full 2020 legislative agenda, visit www.douglascountygeorgia.com/state.