Today on “Political Rewind,” Sine Die is nigh! As the Georgia General Assembly plans to wrap up the 2017 session tomorrow, what bills are getting the most attention? Lisa Rayam from GPB's “Lawmakers” has the latest on campus carry, religious liberty, and more. One of the biggest questions for Georgia and Governor Nathan Deal: Does it make sense to expand the state's Medicaid program while the ACA is still the law of the land?
State lawmakers worked late into the evening Tuesday, rushing to pass legislation affecting Georgians' income taxes, treatment for opioid addiction and a strategy to turn around the state's lowest performing schools.
Tuesday marked the 39th day of the 40-day legislative session. Lawmakers plan to adjourn on Thursday. The rush to pass bills before the end of the 40th day can lead to dramatic last-minute changes to legislation — either accidental or intentional amid the chaos.
Starting out under the Gold Dome where the Senate passed HB 859, the “campus carry” bill. The legislation, if signed by the governor, will allow students, faculty and staff over age 21 with a Georgia Weapon Carry License to carry concealed firearms on Georgia’s college campuses. Opponents of the law say that it will make students, faculty and staff less safe on campuses around the state. Proponents of the legislation say that it allows licensed carriers the opportunity to protect themselves. Who’s right?
Gambling laws in the Peach State are some of the most restrictive in the country. Georgia is one of only five states that does not allow commercial, tribal, or racetrack betting. But companies like MGM and Wynn Resorts are pushing for legalized gambling in Georgia, which will be a hot-button issue in the next legislative season.
We speak with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Scott Trubey and Georgia Tech economics professor Tibor Besedes about the impact legalized gambling could have on the state.