If you look at Georgia’s lawmakers as marathon runners, you could say they’re setting in at a fast pace. The proverbial ink wasn’t even dry on the bill Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday when just a day later lawmakers moved ahead with the annual budget two-step.
Inside the Capitol Tuesday, the Senate gave first reading to a bill that would create a study committee on the issue of legalizing medical marijuana in Georgia. But outside of the building, dozens of people were pushing for even more reform, lined up on the steps to show their support for legalizing marijuana use in Georgia.
A picture is worth 1,000 words, the saying goes. So how many words is a statue or a monument worth? Well, given that we’re talking about a potential tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., that it was proposed by a Republican governor seeking re-election and that the tribute would be on the grounds of the state Capitol, the answer is many thousands of words.
The “fast and furious” legislative session continues Tuesday. After a day off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, lawmakers are back under the Gold Dome. Here’s a quick look ahead to this week’s four-day session:
Friday, state lawmakers cast the final vote needed to move Georgia’s primary election from July to May. The House vote was nearly unanimous—159 to one—to move up Georgia’s primary. Lawmakers chose May 20 to coincide with federal races after a U.S. District Court judge ruled the state needed to allow more time for military and other citizens overseas to cast their ballots.