Your tip sheet: Back the badge

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February 21, 2017 Atlanta : A patrol car remained outside the residence where a homeowner was unhurt after confronting burglars inside his northwest Atlanta home on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The burglars stole stole two vehicles from the residence. Atlanta police officer D.T. Hannah told the AJC through e-mail that Atlanta police officers responded to a burglar in a residence call in the 600 block of Norfleet Road NW Atlanta. The homeowner told police he was downstairs in the basement sleeping when he heard suspects walking around upstairs in the living area of the home that consisted of three levels, 1st Basement, 2nd Living area, 3rd Bedrooms. The homeowner stated he came upstairs and saw 3 suspects gathering his property and yelled at them. The suspects immediately ran out the rear door and down the driveway toward the street. Suspects had entered the house by forcing open the rear door. Upon arrival, officers located a stolen handgun belonging to one of the suspects, outside on the ground, near the rear door. The suspects fled in two vehicles they took from the location. A 2012 Silver Audi Q7 and a Green Lexus . Suspects also rambled through the interior of a third vehicle in a detached garage. The homeowner, who was unharmed could only provide a description of 3 young males wearing dark clothing. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM

Days remaining in the 2017 Legislative session: 17

It’s a week away from Crossover Day (not that anyone’s counting), with both chambers beginning to open the floodgates to move their bills through the pipeline.

The Senate is in at 9 a.m. Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, has unofficially declared it “law enforcement day” in the chamber, and five of seven bills on the calendar deal with public safety issues.

That includes Senate bills 154 and 160 (dubbed the “Back the Badge Act”) which jointly seek to expand protections for on-duty law enforcement officers and increase penalties for those convicted of abusing them.

The House will convene a half-hour later, at 9:30 a.m., and has 11 bills to consider. Most of them are minor, although House Bill 199 would create a tax credit for video game companies that invest in Georgia, similar to the popular credits offered for television and film production.

More eyes (wait for it) will actually be on the afternoon meeting of the Health and Human Services Committee, which will convene upon adjournment of the House. The panel will — again — consider HB 416, which would allow optometrists to give patients eye injections on a limited basis if they take at least 30 hours of training. The same bill, minus the training requirement, failed a vote of the same committee earlier this month.

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