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Political Rewind: Taxes, cannabis, abortion pills, gambling and other issues face Sine Die deadline
Riley Bunch — Public policy reporter, GPB News
James Salzer — State government and politics reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rahul Bali — Politics reporter, WABE
Jim Galloway — Former political columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
1. What is Sine Die, and why is it important at the Georgia Capitol?
- Sine Die is the final day of the legislative session.
- Many bills have already passed before tonight's deadline.
2. A stripped-down election bill nears passage before tonight's deadline.
- But Georgia legislators restored key pieces of House Bill 1464 this morning.
- These measures include expanding GBI fraud enforcement and unsealing paper ballots for public inspection.
3. Lawmakers seek to ban abortion pills sent by mail.
- Senate Bill 456 awaits a full vote in the state House.
- If it passes, patients will have to visit a doctor in person to get the medication.
4. Legislation to drastically change the state's tax code is running out of time.
- Last month, the Georgia House passed a billion-dollar state income tax cut.
- Now legislators are debating on how much to cut the state’s 5.75% income tax rate.
5. Will Georgia finally legalize gambling?
- Legislators are trying to put a referendum about gambling on the ballot in November.
- The measure, a constitutional amendment, requires two-thirds support in both the House and the Senate.
6. "Divisive concepts" bill threatens teacher autonomy, and school education.
- A bill restricting how teachers talk about race is now front and center.
7. Bill looks to simplify the medical cannabis oil program in Georgia.
- In 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp passed The "Georgia Hope" Act, allowing the state to produce low-THC oil.
- HB 1400, hopes to clear up the licensing process on the matter.
- More than 23,000 people are waiting on Georgia’s low-THC oil registry.
- ALS, autism, and intractable pain are illnesses covered in the registry.
8. Rep. Calvin Smyre to retire after a 48-year career.
- Smyre was first elected in 1974 and is the longest-serving member of the state legislature.
- The Democrat from Columbus spoke to Lawmakers host Donna Lowry about moving on from the legislature.
Tuesday on Political Rewind:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tamar Hallerman joins us.