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Legislative tip sheet: A day for radical surgery

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House starts at 10 a.m. today, while the Senate frontloads its day with committee meetings and gavels in at 1 p.m.

With just three full days to go, lawmakers have shifted into overdrive. Strategery is the word of the day.

Maneuvering continues on bills related to abortion, guns, citihood for Lakeside/Tucker, autism, foster care and more.

Fireworks will begin with an 8 a.m. Senate Health and Human Services committee meeting, where lawmakers are expected to try to add the substance of the original foster care privatization bill (made a shadow of its former self by a House committee) to HB 990, which would require Legislative approval to expand Medicaid.

At 8:30 a.m., the Senate Regulated Industries Committee will take up HB 291, sponsored by state Rep. David Knight, R-Griffin, which would strip Secretary of State Brian Kemp of yet another portion of his licensing duties – the state Board of Accountancy.

Among the bills expected to be voted up or down in the Senate today s HB 965, which would provide amnesty for people who seek help for drug overdoses. The bill was amended in a Senate committee to include a provision that would allow consumers to buy prescription medications from big online pharmacies not based in Georgia.

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