A bill that would criminalize sexual contact between teachers and students who are above the age of consent did not make it to the House for a vote Friday, potentially killing the measure this year, lawmakers said.

HB 897 seeks to close what legislators describe as a loophole in the law created by a Georgia Supreme Court ruling in 2009.

Although the measure had not passed either chamber of the General Assembly by Friday’s Crossover Day deadline,  there is still a chance that the measure could resurface as part of an amendment attached to a Senate bill.

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