Tough Topics Face Georgia Lawmakers in Session's Final Week

Georgia Legislation
Posted at 4:12 AM, Mar 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-30 04:12:00-04

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers plan to adjourn the 2015 session at midnight Thursday. That goal leaves only two working days left for the year but plenty to accomplish.

A transportation funding package aimed at raising $1 billion for road and bridge maintenance remains in a conference committee. Its six members are charged with resolving significant differences between the House and Senate proposals, including a gap of about 5 cents on excise taxes per gallon.

A divisive bill that would raise the standard for government to infringe on religious beliefs could get new life in a committee Monday. The bill stalled last week after committee members added nondiscrimination language, which opponents say is necessary to protect gays and transgender people.

The final week also can surprise with accidental or intentional additions to bills.