Lawmakers pass mass transit bill just before session ends

[private]Shortly before their midnight adjournment Thursday, Georgia legislators approved a bill that could lead the way to a transit system embracing 13 counties in Metro Atlanta.

First the House of Representatives, then the Senate voted to pass the final version of HB 930 and send it on to Gov. Nathan Deal for his expected signature.

HB 930 would authorize the metro counties to impose sales taxes of up to 1 percent for mass transit purposes.

It would establish a regional board to administer transit construction and decide the project lists that counties would submit to voters.

The state budget includes $100 million in bonds to help get these transit projects underway.

On a typically chaotic last day of the session, lawmakers also gave final approval to Deal’s criminal justice reform bill that gives judges more leeway to reduce or eliminate cash bail for low-income defendants.

They passed a bill that adds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the medical conditions that can be legally treated with medical marijuana.

Legislators were not able to pass a bill that would have replaced the electronic voting machines Georgia has been using since 2002.

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