Governor Nathan Deal will soon begin the process of signing bills into law. The Georgia General Assembly adjourned shortly after midnight Thursday for the year. Lawmakers finished their session after midnight following a whirlwind final day that included passing a $41 billion budget for state government.
Georgia lawmakers will tackle tax reform again in next year’s legislative session. But they will be drafting a bill that fixes some of the provisions from the tax overhaul they passed earlier this year.
A state lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to remove the statute of limitations on child molestation and other sexual crimes committed against minors. The bill comes as news of child sexual abuse dominates national headlines.
Emory Dunahoo Jr. has won a runoff election for a seat in the Georgia House representing a district in Hall County. Newnan businessman Mike Crane will take his seat in the state Senate after winning the District 28 runoff. And in Senate District 50, John Wilkinson captured 58 percent of the vote to win his runoff against Rick Austin.
A legislative committee has passed a bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia. And in the state Senate, some Democrats are concerned that a proposal to cut the HOPE scholarship program and pre-kindergarten program is moving too quickly through the Legislature.