Political Rewind: Crossover deadline looms; Walker's businesses; former ATL mayor Sam Massell dies
Eric Tanenblatt — Republican insider
Jim Galloway — Former political columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Leo Smith — President, Engaged Futures
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver — State representative (D-Decatur)
1. Key legislation moves forward with less than 24 hours until Crossover Day.
- Crossover Day is the last day for bills to pass at least one legislative chamber.
- HB1013, or the Mental Health Parity Act, would bolster support for mental health services in Georgia
- The bill would cover mental illness the same way as physical illness.
- Rep. Oliver will present the bill to the Senate Health Committee today.
- The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House last week.
- HB304, repealing the state's gas tax, unanimously passed last week as well. It would lower gas prices by about 29 cents through May 31st.
2. Election-related measures could advance today after hearing.
- HB 1464 would allow public inspections of ballot boxes and allow the Georgia Bureau of Investigations to target election fraud.
- Opponents of the bill say that SB 202, which passed last year, already addresses election security concerns.
3. Herschel Walker's business success comes into question.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's investigation revealed a string of defaults, settlements and lawsuits against Herschel Walker and his businesses.
- Walker holds a commanding lead in polling for the GOP primary.
4. Former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell dies at 94.
- Massell was the mayor of Atlanta from 1970 to 1974.
- He was often called the "Mayor of Buckhead," but pushed back against that nickname as he set his sights on all of the metro area.
Tomorrow on Political Rewind:
We talk to Georgia restaurateur Hugh Acheson, who is feeding refugees in Eastern Europe.