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Cherokee Republican House member apologizes for 'rookie' bill

Sam Moore

A new Republican House member is catching flack from his colleagues or introducing a bill that would ban loitering laws and end restrictions that keep child molesters away from schools and playgrounds.

Today, Rep. Sam Moore, R-Macedonia, who was sworn in Feb. 11, issued an apology for the ruckus he caused last week over House Bill 1033. 


Moore stood in the well before the Georgia House of Representatives today and said: 

“It is unfortunate that the language in this bill has been used by my political opponents to cause fear in Georgia's families.  What happened last Friday did not move us forward as a State, and certainly did not move us forward as a Party.

But first, I would like to apologize for any embarrassment this bill may have caused the members of the Cherokee, Fulton, and Forsyth delegations, the members of the Georgia State House, the people of the State of Georgia, and especially my supporters and the voters of District 22.

Although my intent was pure, and my mistakes were honest, I am ultimately responsible for all my actions.

Please allow me to explain them.

During my time here, I was never mentored on the legislative process, and certainly not mentored by House Leadership.  For example, I only found out about the rules book after dropping legislation.

I found out that Crossover Day was fast approaching, and that Bills introduced after Crossover Day would be basically dead on arrival. 

Therefore, I started dropping bills as fast as Legislative Council could draft them.  I was afraid that if my bills were dropped after Crossover Day, then they would not be vetted in the Committee process.  I wanted my legislation vetted in Committee so I could start the conversation, learn from the process, improve my legislation with sage feedback, and push my legislation 'for real' the following year after I had learned the system.

However, I had no idea that anyone other than assigned Committee members would be looking at the legislation I dropped.  That is why I didn't question the controversial language that Legislative Council included.

That was obviously a mistake.  Had I reached out to other members, this mistake could have been avoided.

If I had known that the media would be looking at my legislation, I probably wouldn't have dropped any of my bills without additional consultation.

In hindsight, this rookie mistake was silly.  I am mature enough to admit that.  At the time though, I believed that I was fulfilling a campaign promise to hit the ground running.

Therefore, my political inexperience and my rookie exuberance resulted in the now-famous H.B. 1033. 

My niece was there as a page that day.  She was shoved aside and almost knocked down by the media horde trying to ask questions as I escorted her out of the Chamber.  If you want to know why I appeared upset that day, now you know.

The media had been called in to cover the story earlier that morning.  I had no idea of this.  Despite the media onslaught, I received no significant advice from the members of this body, and certainly not from House Leadership on how to deal with the media.

Since then, I have received hundreds of angry emails, texts, and phone calls.  Some quite threatening.

So to my political opponents:  touché. You must see me as an actual threat.

Based on what happened last Friday, I request that anyone who has an issue with any bill from any member...please give that member a chance to act to remove the bill before going to the media or signing up to go to the Well against it. "

Moore also has been blasted for introducing legislation declaring Obamacare.

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