One of the Bill defeated in the Spring 2023 session of the Georgia Legislature was HB 520 - known as "the Mental Health Bill."
The bill raised concerns with many across the State and drew people to the Capitol to ask hard questions about the provisions of the bill.
One of the provisions was sharing of data across State agencies, through an Agency known as Georgia Data Analytic Center (GDAC.)
On September 1, just five days ago, Kemp signed an Executive Order giving himself broad-based authority over what agencies can see what data and which agencies can not.
Further, the Executive Order specifies that Data may be shielded from disclosure and shall not be subject to disclosure as a result of being shared.
So if a citizens data is shared from one agency to another will the citizen know? Will they be able to find out?
Perhaps more important, why would this Executive Order be so critical to complete now? And why not wait and let the legislature accomplish this?
Just last week Kemp said in response to calls for a Special Session of the legislature to investigate Fani Willis' bizarre indictments, "Were not having a Special Session." Yet at the end of that same week he enacts a sweeping mandate which becomes effective "upon signature" and puts him in position to directly control data transfer between agencies, and the sole individual for resolution of disputes.
Read or Download the entire executive order here: