A Georgia lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban the burka. Jason Spencer, a Republican in the House of Representatives, proposed the legislation. As it stands, Muslim women would be required to remove veils and burkas when posing for drivers license photos. Georgia law already requires would-be drivers to reveal their faces on photos.
The language of the proposed legislation is meant to apply ‘anti-masking’ laws originally enacted against the KKK to Muslim women.
The original statute only referred to males, while the revised bill offered up by Spencer reads: ‘A person is guilty of a misdemeanor when he or she wears a mask, hood, or device by which any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed or covered as the conceal the identity of the wearer and is upon any public way or public property or upon the private property of another without the written permission of the owner or occupier of the property to do so.’
‘For the purposes of this subsection, the phrase “upon any public way or property” includes but is not limited to operating a motor vehicle upon any public street, road, or highway.’ Source: AJC: Lawmaker wants to ban Muslims from wearing burkas in ID photos
Jason Spencer withdrew his proposal to ban burkas in ID photos. He cited the reason for the burka ban withdrawal was because of the visceral reaction it produced. Tose from the Muslim community and other lawmakers opposed the bill. Source: WSB-TV: Lawmaker withdraws bill