Senate Bill 7, the legislation authored by Augusta Democrat Ed Tarver passed out of the Georgia Senate today with little fanfare.
Only one Senator, Don Balfour (R – Snellville), voted against the measure.
According to Tarver, the “Truth in Testimony Act” gives the chair of a committee or sub-committee the discretion to administer an oath affirming the testimony an individual gives is true. The bill also allows for sworn testimony to be recorded.
State Sen. Seth Harp (R – Midland) called it a “sad day” when the Senate has to pass legislation mandating truth telling in front of legislative panels.
“I’m sorry to say that [truth telling] is not happening a lot,” Harp said during the short debate of the bill. [We’re] going to tell these people that if you come before these committees, you’re going to tell the truth.”
SB7 cleared the Senate by committee substitute and now heads over to the House for its consideration.