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Georgia Lawmakers Approach Key Deadline to Keep Bills Alive

Georgia Politics
Posted at 3:38 AM, Mar 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-09 03:38:00-04

ATLANTA (AP) — A major deadline arrives this week for Georgia lawmakers, who are on an aggressive schedule to wrap up their legislative session by April 2.

To maintain a chance of becoming law, bills must be approved by the chamber they originated in by midnight Friday. Yes, that's Friday, March 13. No, legislative leaders say, that's not symbolic.

Lawmakers on Thursday passed two bills addressing priorities. The House OK'd a multi-million transportation funding package, while the Senate passed Gov. Nathan Deal's constitutional amendment to take over failing schools.

But other bills to set up a medical marijuana study for children with seizures, regulate ride-hailing services and change early voting have yet to receive a vote.

The 2016 state budget also remains in the Senate.

Lawmakers are to resume work Monday in Atlanta.