The bill was prompted by a Hustler Magazine inquiry for graphic crime scene photos of Meredith Emerson, the hiker whose naked, dismembered body was found in January 2008 in the north Georgia woods. A judge barred authorities from releasing those photos.
House Speaker David Ralston called the porn magazine's request vile. That chamber passed the bill during Sunshine Week, when news organizations promote open government. The Senate approved the bill on Tuesday in a 50-0 vote.