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, including marijuana and gun legislation.
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.
Across the state today residents in many counties will be voting on tax policies. Camden County residents are considering a special 1% sales tax that could raise $65 million over the next 6 years for public works projects. And McIntosh County is considering a similar tax increase to expand education programs.
As Georgia Lawmakers voted on dozens of bills this week, the majority of the bills passed focused on social issues rather than the economy. A focus analysts say comes as lawmakers face re-election this fall.