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Ga. Senate: No Forced Microchip Implants In Humans

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  • State Senators Chip Rogers and Chip Pearson.
    

ATLANTA - We've put them in some of our pets and livestock to help keep track of them.

We've even put them in some humans to help keep track of their medical conditions or simply for the convenience of accessing their computers.

But some fear the day is coming when tiny microchip implants may soon be required inside all of us...whether we like it or not.

Some groups oppose the idea for religious reasons or as a sign of things to come from a Big Brother government.

Georgia State Senator Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) admits he has no proof of anyone planning forced implants, but he wants to outlaw them anyway.

"You can go be implanted if you want," Sen. Pearson told the State Senate Thursday, "We're just saying no one's going to be implanted against their will".

Pearson made his remarks while presenting SB 235 for debate.

"Technology can be a great thing," he added, "but it can also lend to infringements and go to places that we probably never contemplated just a few years ago and I think this is one example of that."

The bill would allow voluntary microchip implants, as long as they're performed by a physician and regulated by the Georgia Composite Medical Board.

But it would make it a misdemeanor for anyone to require them, including employers.

Two Senators suggested time was wasted on the bill, especially with the state legislature facing more pressing issues, like cutting more than one-billion dollars from this year's budget.

"It's a solution in search of a problem," Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) told 11 Alive News.

"It's disappointing because we've got a lot of problems in Georgia: health care, unemployment. We ought to be dealing with those issues as opposed to worrying about a non-existent problem," Fort added.

Sen. Pearson defended his bill as an important preemptive strike.

"Our constituents expect us to deal with issues that are important to them and to protect them from things, as much as we can, that are unforeseen (and) that may come our way," he said.

Despite the objections of Sen. Fort and Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Decatur), the bill passed the full Senate with a 47-2 vote.

It now goes to the State House, where similar bills have failed in the past, like Rep. Ed Setzler's (R-Acworth) 2007 attempt.

If the General Assembly passes the new Senate version, Georgia would join California, North Dakota and Wisconsin in banning mandatory microchip implants.

It so happens two of the bills main sponsors, Sen. Pearson and Sen. Rogers (R-Woodstock), both share the first name "Chip".

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