Georgia lawmakers have made it through one of the quickest legislative sessions in recent memory. Along the way, they passed bills limiting healthcare coverage for abortion, expanding where you can bring a gun and barring a Governor from expanding Medicaid.
Lawmakers embarked on the final day of the 2014 legislative session Thursday with many of the big issues already behind them. For example, the two chambers passed the 2015 budget on Tuesday. Often, they leave it to the last day of the 40-day session to iron out the details on the spending plan, even though it’s the only thing they must do before adjourning.
In the wake of some recent closures of rural Georgia hospitals, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday an initiative to help such facilities survive tough financial times.
A far-reaching tax measure approved by Georgia legislators is now on its way to Georgia ballots. It’s actually not a bill; it’s a constitutional amendment. And it would bar the General Assembly from increasing the state income tax. Currently Georgia's top rate is six percent, and that’s likely where it will stay after Nov. 4 if voters approve the cap.
Advocates for the Ocmulgee National Monument in East Macon have a big deadline coming up. Friday is the last day for the public to offer their thoughts on the Ocmulgee Old Fields Boundary Study.