State lawmakers marked the 30th day of the legislative session Thursday, and it’s usually a day when they debate late into the night. That wasn’t the case this year, and it wasn’t a coincidence. Day 30, or Crossover Day, is the deadline by which a bill must clear at least one chamber to have a chance at final passage this year.
The State House has approved legislation allowing people who have voluntarily sought inpatient treatment for mental illness or substance abuse to get gun licenses.
While some states push to tighten gun control laws, Georgia lawmakers are moving toward easing rules preventing some mentally ill people from getting licenses to carry firearms. House lawmakers voted 117-56 on Thursday to allow people who have voluntarily sought inpatient treatment for mental illness or substance abuse to get such licenses.
A state panel created to ensure government employees comply with Georgia immigration laws has dismissed a complaint at the request of the filer.
Thursday was a relatively quiet day at the state capitol on so-called "Crossover Day" when compared to previous years. On the 30th day of each year's 40-day legisltive session both the House and Senate often convene late into the night to debate bills that haven't yet been voted on by either chamber.