Days remaining in the 2017 legislative session: 4
The House and the Senate both convene at 10 a.m. for Day 37. Sine Die is right around the corner, next Thursday, March 30.
The House debate remains light, although Senate Bill 88, which regulates methodone clinics, could be a talker. It’s Senate Rules Committee Chairman Jeff Mullis’ pet project and was postponed on Monday.
The best action on the House side could come at the 1:30 p.m. meeting of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. The panel is set to vote on a seriously revised Senate Bill 1, which strengthens domestic terrorism provisions.
It no longer will create a separate Department of Homeland Security, and now includes language that lawmakers believe will make sure lawful protests are protected.
The Senate will take up House Bill 249, which would require doctors to log into a pill-tracking database before prescribing painkillers and other high-risk drugs.
At 2 p.m. in Room 125 CAP, the Senate Finance Committee faces a deadline to act on bills that would tax online sales and Uber rides plus one that would slash the state income tax.
And just in case you thought the hallways of the state Capitol were a bit too, well, old, state Rep. Michael Caldwell, R-Woodstock, and state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, D-Lithonia, are expected at 9:30 a.m. to announce the creation of the Georgia Future Caucus.
It’s a bipartisan group of legislators under the age of 40 that is promising to focus on issues affecting young people in Georgia, from the economy to redistricting to investing in clean energy.
The new caucus is part of the Millennial Action Project and makes Georgia the 17th state to join the project’s national network of young leaders.