Day 40 — and adjournment — are in store for the General Assembly

[private]Legislators will convene Thursday for the 40th and final day of the General Assembly session with most of their major issues settled.

The state budget, a controversial “religious liberty” bill, an equally controversial “campus carry” firearms bill, and legislation blowing up the Judicial Qualifications Commission have won final approval in the two chambers and won’t have to be debated Thursday.

There’s really little more than cleanup work remaining before House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle bring the session to a close by slamming down their ceremonial gavels and yelling “Sine die!”

The Senate, by tradition, doesn’t have a calendar of bills on the session’s final day. Senators spend their time agreeing or disagreeing to versions of bills that the House has passed. One of the most important “agrees” could involve SB 369, the MARTA funding bill.

The House of Representatives, however, does have a bill calendar that includes these measures:

SB 255, which would extensively rewrite the state’s garnishment laws.

SR 954, which would grant state property easements allowing a natural gas pipeline, the Sabal Trail, to be constructed across southwest Georgia. The House has already voted this down once but it could come up again.

SB 145, which would expand the list of conditions that can be treated with medical cannabis.

SB 199, which defines more clearly what you can wear when you go to your polling place on election day – such as an NRA cap.

As soon as the session is adjourned, most lawmakers will return to their districts to campaign for reelection in the party primaries scheduled for May 24.

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