Another General Assembly session has ended without Georgia joining 45 other states in enacting a law prescribing enhanced penalties for hate crimes.

Legislation introduced at the start of the session in January with the support of the Anti-Defamation League-organized Coalition for a Hate-Free Georgia failed to get out of committee. Outgoing Rep. Wendell Willard then attached similar language to judiciary bill that had passed the Senate, S.B. 373, and guided it through his committee, but it never got a vote on the House floor before the session closed Thursday, March 29.

The ADL and its allies in the fight for a hate-crimes law had more success in opposing legislation that critics said would have allowed private adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people. That measure, S.B. 375, died in the House without getting a vote.