Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will sign a controversial gun bill Wednesday in Ellijay at a ceremony and luncheon that’s expected to attract many supporters and double as a Second Amendment rally. The so-called ‘guns everywhere’ bill will allow firearms in many churches, bars and government buildings. The bill will also bar sheriffs from asking someone with a gun if he or she has a license. Under the new bill, schools would have the option of deciding if teachers or administrators should be armed. The state will also have to report within 10 days Georgians’ involuntary commitments to hospitals.
 
A state task force formed to find new water sources met for the first time today. Georgia is under pressure to expand its water options.
State legislators on Monday embark on the final 10 days of this year’s legislative session. The House and Senate will spend this week reviewing the bills that have already passed one chamber.
The Senate passed numerous bills on Wednesday including a bill that will let communities legalize Sunday alcohol sales.
Members of the House were busy on Wednesday handling bills before the midnight deadline. The bills included, among others, airline tax breaks and health care.
Many bills ended their run this Wednesday as lawmakers worked well into the evening to meet their deadline.
With Wednesday's long legislative day known as Crossover Day now past, state lawmakers roll-up their sleeves for the final 10 working days of the 40-day General Assembly.
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The Sunday alcohol sales bill is scheduled for a vote in the state Senate Wednesday. It's a last gasp for the legislation, as today represents crossover day--the final day for a bill to pass one chamber to have a chance to become law.
Legislation to allow voters to decide whether alcohol could be sold by retailers in their communities on Sundays has been passed by the state Senate. The vote was 32-22 to approve, following over two hours of debate.