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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:00pm

Week Two Under The Gold Dome: Guns and Marijuana Legislation

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:


Tuesday, there will a legalizing marijuana event at 1:00 p.m.: There’s a growing discussion about legalizing marijuana for medical use in Georgia. While Governor Deal didn’t bring up the subject in his State of the State address last week, and there’s currently no bill on the table, some lawmakers are talking about a change of heart. One of those lawmakers is Republican State Representative Allen Peake of Macon.


House members are expected to continue talks on a new gun rights bill: Last year, Georgia lawmakers failed to pass a controversial gun bill by deadline. The bill would have allowed people to carry guns in churches and on college campuses.


By the way, a poll from Fox 5 Atlanta and Insider Advantage shows most Georgians favor legalizing marijuana for medical use, while a larger majority opposes allowing guns on college campuses.


Wednesday is Nelson Mandela Day at the Capitol.


A state lawmaker has prepared a measure requiring food stamp applicants to pass a drug test to receive assistance.


A Cobb County legislator wants to expand a tuition tax credit program that helps public school students transfer to private schools.