During the 2019 session, state leaders and legislators focused on properly funding and updating laws for our public safety agencies and judicial system, so they can efficiently address crimes that are impacting Georgia. This includes the opioid epidemic and a rise in gang activity, which must be dealt with before either issue impacts even more lives. Additionally, with the rise of technology use in criminal activity, we had to create laws for using drones. Positive strides were made regarding these issues, which will decrease crime and increase safety.To hinder the growing opioid epidemic and gang activity, additional funding was appropriated to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). Within the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, $563,000 will be utilized by the GBI for five scientists and one lab technician within the chemistry division to address the current backlog. Additionally, $995,000 will provide funding for a one-time agent onboarding on the Opioid Task Force, and $500,000 will fund the GBI Gang Task Force, which includes one prosecutor liaison and two senior investigators. Also, in order to cut back on illegal gang activity such as bringing contraband within Georgia’s places of incarceration, we passed Senate Bill 6. Under this legislation, unmanned aircraft systems (drones) are prohibited from flying over places of incarceration. It is now illegal for a drone to photograph or record images over a place of incarceration without authorization from the warden, superintendent, or his/her designated representative.