Posted: 7:12 am Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Legislative tip sheet: More than 100 bills on two calendars 

By Jim Galloway

Tuesday marks the penultimate day of the 2014 Georgia General Assembly, and it’s expected to be a doozy. The Senate has more than 80 bills on its debate calendar, and the House will start with 30 and will probably add more as the day goes on.

House and Senate negotiators late Monday reached a compromise on the $20.8 billion state spending plan that takes effect July 1. If the full House and Senate agree today, lawmakers could conceivably go home for the year — the state budget is the only thing they are required to do.

Beyond that, top bets on the House floor are a likely fight on abortion, the right of people to say “Merry Christmas” in schools, and a stripped down version of the foster care privatization bill.

Also, Senate President pro tem David Shafer’s proposed constitutional amendment to strip the Legislature of the ability to raise income taxes will get a vote in the House. It needs two-thirds passage, which will be tough.

House members will also vote on a bill that would make it legal to use explosives to kill poisonous snakes. Really.

The Senate is expected to move on HB 60, which now is the shell of the big gun bill once known as HB 875. Several high-profile pieces of legislation are on its docket, including HB 885, the medical marijuana bill, and HB 990, which would take the decision of whether to expand Medicaid away from the governor and put it in the hands of the General Assembly. The Senate will also take up HB 772, which would require drug testing for food stamp and welfare recipients in Georgia.

11 comments
RoadScholar
RoadScholar

"House members will also vote on a bill that would make it legal to use explosives to kill poisonous snakes. Really."

Does it legalize using napalm on those rascally snakes? Ya' know they may be armed! And we all have rights to possess and use napalm! 2nd amendment! 2nd amendment! How about cluster bombs? There could be more than one of them around? Do "Snakes" include lawyers and legislators?

Vote to approve the budget and go home! The rest (anti abortion, more guns, etc. are a waste of time and effort to take away rights or to allow guns in bars and churches! WWJD?

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

So where's the bill to ease transportation woes, the bill to insure rural Georgia has access to hospitals, the bill to fix the jury public defender system?

The demographics may not support other parties, but surely there are rational Republicans among us.

td1234
td1234

Andy is 100% correct. Obama and Obamacare has ruined any chance Georgia Democrats ever had at regaining any statewide seat in Georgia. The only thing that is to be settled is will it be a 10 point defeat like 4 years ago or could it be more or less. 

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@hamiltonAZ It's ensure not insure! And you really think they should spend their time on pertinent legislation?

honested
honested

@hamiltonAZ  

Those bills only occur in States where the needs of the Constituency is important.

In Georgia, the needs of the Funders is and will always be JOB 1 (through 10,000).

In any case, the things you suggest might require an immeasurably small tax increase, which is the equivalent of making them illegal here.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@td1234 You've already made this your prediction...repeating it does not make it true!

honested
honested

@td1234  

But, 'to andy's point', watch what happens over the summer as hospitals close, County Clinics cut back to 2 days a week, indigent care reductions lead to increased deaths and middle of the road voters begin to ask their local media 'What caused this'?

You must know the answer will be 'the General Assembly was too busy attempting to poke the President in the eye to be worried about the consequences'.

Then we can see what happens in November.

honested
honested

@td1234  

td123456789,

Are you unable to reference the article or is your only contribution to constantly repeat the tired memes you pulled from somewhere which have no relevance to reality?

Andy123
Andy123

@BravesFan456

There's not a snowball's chance in hell a Democrat is holding state office after this November.  The demographics aren't there to support.  Thanks for playing though.   

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

@road. You're correct! The entire proof reading department has been sacked. It also missed a stray word in the last sentence.