A person holds up a flag during rally to protest the Trump administration's reported transgender proposal to narrow the definition of gender to male or female at birth, at City Hall in New York City, U.S., October 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A person holds up a transgender flag. Georgia Senate Bill 140 barring most types of gender-affirming care for minors passed the General Assembly and awaits Gov. Brian Kemp's signature.

The panel:

Chauncey Alcorn, @CLamontLives, reporter, Capital B

Greg Bluestein, @bluestein, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Margaret Coker, @mideastmargaret, editor-in-chief, The Current

Stephen Fowler, @stphnfwlr,  political reporter, GPB News


The breakdown:

1. Emotions run high as Senate approves bill restricting gender-affirming care.

  • The Georgia Senate gave a final stamp of approval to a bill that would ban most types of gender-affirming care for transgender minors.

    • The move comes despite heavy opposition from the transgender community.
  • The bill now heads to Gov. Brian Kemp's desk for him to sign off on.

2. Georgia Senate seeks to allow rural hospitals without permits.

  • Senate Bill 99 says governments or private nonprofit groups can build hospitals in less-populated counties without getting a certificate of need from the state Department of Community Health.
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the bill would greenlight a new hospital built on the grounds of Lt. Gov. Burt Jones' father’s sprawling Butts County property, sparking concerns about a conflict of interest. 

LISTEN: The AJC's Greg Bluestein speaks on Lt. Gov. Burt Jones' push for SB 99.

3. Georgia senators further whittle down truck weight changes. 

  • Under SB 189, a higher limit would only be good until July 1, 2024.
  • Also, note heavier trucks wouldn’t be allowed in 13 core metro Atlanta counties.

LISTEN: GPB's Stephen Fowler speaks on truck weight limits.

4. Bill to back rent control is stalled in the Senate. 

  • 75-year-old community activist Margie McLeod is behind SB 125. 
  • It would have repealed Georgia’s 39-year-old ban on local rent regulation, allowing elected leaders in metro Atlanta and elsewhere to limit how much landlords can charge tenants per month. 
  • It failed to get any co-sponsors before Crossover Day. 

LISTEN: Capital B's Chauncey Alcorn speaks on stalled push for rent control.

5. U.S. senators demand scrutiny of TitleMax business practices.

  • Letter requests regulator crack down on Savannah-based title pawn lender.

LISTEN: The Current's Margaret Coker speaks on U.S. senators looking into TitleMax.

6. It's Atlanta vs. Chicago in a battle for Democratic National Convention. 

  • This week the Atlanta City Council prepped for a chance to host the DNC.
  • The council approved a resolution allowing Mayor Andre Dickens to enter into agreements and contracts with convention organizers and contractors.

Thursday on Political Rewind: Eve Vensler, now known as V, will join us to talk her groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues