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Georgia lawmakers are revising a bill that opponents say is almost certain to land in federal court. It would require welfare recipients to take a drug test before receiving benefits. Its sponsor says the measure would save taxpayers money but others say it’s unconstitutional.
Students, teachers and some lawmakers are campaigning against what they consider dangerous gun legislation. Activists worry weaker gun restrictions will compromise public safety. One bill would lower the legal age of gun ownership in Georgia from 21 to 18 while also weakening restrictions on where a gun can be legally concealed.
Georgia’s labor commissioner wants lawmakers to okay jobless benefit changes. The plan would help re-pay $700 million the state borrowed to cover unemployment reserves. But the measure appears stalled in the House. Georgia began borrowing money from the federal government in 2009 to cover a shortfall in the fund that pays out jobless benefits.
State Senators have weakened a bill that would require the state to spend fees on their intended purposes. The original version would have forced the state to cut the tire fee and other fees according to how much lawmakers appropriated for the purpose in the previous year.
GOP supporters of a bill that would allow the state to approve charter schools are still hoping the state Senate will vote on it before the legislative session ends. But Senate Democrats say they are unified against the legislation. The bill would allow voters to decide if the state should have the power to okay charter schools. Its backers say the schools give parents more choices.