State House speaker David Ralston says there will be no changes to a bill allowing licensed gun owners to carry their weapons at public colleges.
Gov. Nathan Deal had concerns about guns showing up at faculty meetings and on-campus daycares. But Ralston says the General Assembly dealt with those issues when the bill was in committee.
In an interview with GPB's Lawmakers, he compared the process to a jury’s verdict in a trial
“But there is no next day to come in and say ‘well, can I argue again or can I have some more evidence?’ I consider the issue closed. I think it’s a good bill. I’m hoping it will be signed into law," he says.
Disappointment Over Rape Kit Bill
Ralston says he’s displeased lawmakers won’t approve a bill to deal with a backlog of rape kits.
The measure passed the House unanimously, but it never got a vote on the Senate floor.
Investigations by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other media outlets found backlogs of untested kits going back to the 1970s. Rep. Scott Holcomb’s bill would expedite their processing, and ensure newly-collected kits would be handled in a timely manner.
But the chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services committee says the backlog is cleared. Renee Unterman blocked the bill from getting a floor vote. Ralston says that unfortunate.
“I think other people’s personal agendas got in the way of being able to complete discussion on an important public policy initiative. I think that is disappointing,” he says.
Unterman insists there’s no need for a new law.
Her stance earned attention from comedian Samantha Bee, who mocked Unterman on her TBS show.
Late Tuesday afternoon, supporters of the bill used a procedural move to revive it in the Senate. But it's not clear if the measure will get a floor vote by the end of the session on Thursday.