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On the final day of the legislative session, Georgia lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that would grant more than 8,000 patients access to medical marijuana.

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SINE DIE. 12:00 a.m. April 3. Sine Die! The House and the Senate are done with the 2019 legislative session, using the final minutes to pass a medical marijuana cultivation bill years in the making. 

All bills not passed by both chambers today will be on hold until next session begins January of 2020.

One notable set of measures that did not pass? A jet fuel tax break for Delta and other airlines, a rural transportation plan and a proposal for the state to take over Atlanta's airport. 

Medical Marijuana Clears Senate

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Georgia lawmakers have agreed to raise the minimum age for marriage from 16 to 17 years old.

Host Bill Nigut speaks with Greg Bluestein, Rep. Calvin Smyre and Sen. Nikema Williams at the Georgia State Capitol.

On this edition of Political Rewind, lawmakers, lobbyists and citizens here to promote favored legislation or just soak in the spectacle have all gathered under the gold dome today as the 2019 session rushes to a close.

Before the new teen romantic comedy, “Love, Simon” hit the big screens, it was a novel. "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" follows the story of a highschool boy who struggles with his sexual identity.

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On Thursday, 'Sine Die' marked the last day of the Georgia General Assembly's 2018 legislative session. As always, lawmakers scrambled to vote on as many bills as possible before the midnight deadline.

We talked with Lisa Rayam, Capitol correspondent for Georgia Public Broadcasting, about what bills are on Governor Nathan Deal’s desk, and which of them are likely to become law.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, we look back on the life on one of Georgia’s most famous political figures, Zell Miller, who passed away Friday.  Also, as the legislative clock winds down to Sine Die, powerful interests are working to block a bill its sponsor says will broaden legal remedies for victims of childhood sexual abuse.  Plus, how are Georgia’s cities faring in this year’s session?


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Former Zell Miller Chief of Staff Keith Mason

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Bills that would create some big changes in education in Georgia are headed to Governor Nathan Deal’s desk.

Deal has said he will definitely sign HB 338 which will allow for state takeover of schools which the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has designated as “Chronically Failing.” It also creates a new state level executive position, the Chief Turnaround Officer. Deal said he isn’t sure just how many schools the Chief Turnaround Officer will take on right off the bat.


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Thanks to Georgia lawmakers, you won’t have to pay sales taxes the next time you hail an Uber, buy something from Amazon, or fix up your yacht. And you’ll still be able to play fantasy sports.

The 2017 legislative session ended with a number of changes to Georgia’s tax laws still on the table and a collection of special tax breaks headed to the desk of Governor Nathan Deal.

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Breweries, Distilleries Approved For Direct Sales To Consumers

Soon, customers won’t have to take a tour of a local brewery before grabbing a six pack or case of their favorite beer.

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Georgia lawmakers took action on a number of health bills during the the 2017 session. Governor Nathan Deal has already signed one of them into law.

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Thursday marks the end of the legislative session at the Georgia state capitol. GPB capitol reporter Lisa Rayam gives us a recap of which bills died, and which will proceed to the governor’s desk.

2016 Georgia Legislative Session Comes To An End

Mar 23, 2016
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This year’s Georgia legislative session has ended. Thursday’s Sine Die concluded with both chambers working just past midnight followed by the traditional tossing of confetti-like paper into the air, an energetic spectacle that climaxes with state officials leaving behind a literal mess for someone else to clean up.  



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What The Heck Is Sine Die, Anyway?

Mar 22, 2016
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March 24 is the final day of the 2016 Georgia legislative session, Day 40, Sine Die.

Sine Die comes from a Latin phrase that means, roughly, “without picking a day for meeting again.” Both chambers of the state legislature are required by law to finish their business by the end of the legislative day on Sine Die.