As the state legislature heads into its final weeks, there are two so-called 'religious freedom' bills causing controversy.
Of all the issues Georgia lawmakers are debating as the legislative session barrels toward a close, there aren’t many that nearly everyone agrees on.
The 40-day legislative session demands a great deal of time and commitment from Georgia’s legislators and their staff. Between hearings and meetings, lawmakers have little time for outside activities, particularly doctor’s appointments. Not to mention, the close quarters and heavy traffic allow colds and the flu to spread quickly.
Some Georgia applicants for food stamps and welfare benefits would have to pass a drug test under a House bill that cleared a committee Monday on a 7-6 vote. People applying for this government assistance would require testing if they raised “reasonable suspicion” of illegal drug use, under House Bill 772.
The voices of lawmakers, lobbyists, staff and visitors are easy to hear throughout the Georgia State Capitol during the legislative session. Occasionally, however, student groups bring their musical talents to Georgia’s lawmaking epicenter, and they’ve got a quite an open platform to perform for those strolling the Capitol.