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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 3:54am

Crossover Day Arrives

Today is crossover day at the state Capitol. That’s when bills must pass either chamber or won’t have a chance to become law until next year. Already, most of the big issues have made it across.

Changing HOPE's college scholarship and pre-kindergarten funding, immigration reform and the 2012 budget are three major challenges lawmakers came to the Gold Dome to address, says House majority leader Republican Larry O’Neal.

"We’ve accomplished the real big challenges we came here with already. We’ve done so civilly in the house and we’ve done so with little or no discord at all in the senate."

The governor Tuesday officially signed the HOPE legislation. Both chambers are working out their differences on controversial crackdowns on illegal immigrants. And although the crossover rule doesn’t apply to next year's budget, the House has already passed it to the senate.

Some other issues that are on the calendar for crossover day include: a Sunday alcohol sales measure, a bill that bans illegal immigrants from attending Georgia colleges, and legislation that would let people bring guns in churches.