State lawmakers worked into late Tuesday evening on the next to last day of the General Assembly session. Movement on a Sunday alcohol sales bill, immigration, and the state budget was included on Tuesday's agenda.
A bill that would allow communities to decide if they want local stores to sell alcohol on Sundays is heading to the Governor's desk. The bill survived many hurdles before passing in the state House late Tuesday.
An 11th-hour proposal to close an ethics loophole exempting lobbyists from disclosing what they spend on gifts to staff members of elected officials has passed a House committee with the backing of Speaker David Ralston.
The House has approved legislation that would allow more of Georgia's elderly to reside in assisted-living facilities, rather than nursing homes.
A bill passed by the House Tuesday would restrict the sale of the decongestant pseudoephedrine to only pharmacies in Georgia. The decongestant is a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine -- the use of which has become a growing problem in the state.
Georgia legislators have agreed to an $18.3 billion budget that pours additional state money into tax investigators, Medicaid and domestic violence shelters. Both chambers signed off on the changes Tuesday.
A tax overhaul that Republicans had promoted as a key part of their agenda is dead for the legislative session. A joint legislative panel signed off on the bill Monday morning and it appeared headed to a full House vote the same day. But the House adjourned without taking up the measure, which effectively kills it for the session.
The House has restored controversial provisions in its immigration bill that the Senate gutted Monday night.
A tax reform plan that would create a $141 million hole in the 2012 state budget is headed to the House floor for a vote today.
It will be a final, frenetic three days for state lawmakers to finish business before the final gavel ends the 40-day Session Thursday. Today, the General Assembly is back to work after a week off.