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Lawmakers Face Deadline on Gambling, Medical Marijuana Bills

Georgia Legislation
Posted at 4:11 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 04:11:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) — Monday brings a key deadline for Georgia lawmakers at the Capitol.

Bills must pass at least one chamber by the 30th day of the legislative session to remain alive for the year. There are some ways around that deadline, but the House and Senate generally work late into the night to pass members' bills.

The session lasts for 40 working days. Leaders plan to end the session on March 24.

Top issues still waiting for action in either the House or Senate include bills allowing casino gambling and betting on horse-racing, civil rights protection at businesses. Other proposals would require special drivers' licenses for some people who came to the U.S. illegally and expand diseases eligible for medical marijuana.

The House and Senate begin work at 10 a.m.