Georgia Senator Emanuel Jones, a Decatur Democrat, speaks after a press conference at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta on Friday, February 19, 2020, where Governor Brian Kemp announced support for higher penalties for street racing. Jones sponsors another bill but hopes to work with Kemp to reach an agreement.
Woodstock Republican Wes Cantrell addresses the House Education Committee in Atlanta on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Cantrell advocated House Bill 60, a measure he sponsored that would provide government funds for some children to attend private or home schools.
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, speaks during a press conference after the House approved Georgia Budget, HB 81, at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on Friday March 5, 2021 at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on Friday 136-31 for approving a $ 27.2 billion budget, repaying a fraction of the money cut last year and rejecting a Democratic attempt to expand Medicaid’s health insurance program.
Senator Larry Walker, chairman of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Committee, speaks on behalf of SB 67 in the Senate Chambers on the 21st day of the legislature at the Georgia State Capitol in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
Senator David Lucas Sr. speaks out against SB 67 in the Senate Houses on the 21st day of the legislature at the Georgia State Capitol in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus) is on the 25th day of the legislature at the Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlanta on Monday March 1, 2021 against HB 531 in the House Chambers.
Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem), left, chairman of the Special Committee on Electoral Integrity, speaks at the Georgia State Capitol Building in Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) in the Atlanta House Chambers on day 25 of the legislature, Monday Jan. March 2021.
Georgia State Senator David Lucas (D-Macon) listens to debate over Senate Draft 241, which will amend Georgia’s electoral law on Monday, March 8, 2021 in Atlanta.
Georgia State Senator Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) presents Senate Bill 241 to amend Georgia’s electoral laws in Atlanta on March 8, 2021.
ATLANTA (AP) – Georgian lawmakers hit an important deadline on Monday, the crossover day in the General Assembly. Then bills and other measures have to pass through the House or Senate and pass into the other chamber. Some important proposals, such as restrictive voting and electoral laws, had already advanced. The Senate passed additional voting restrictions on Monday. A bill to strip the state labor commissioner of some powers came back to life on Monday. Measures that have failed include efforts to impose new criminal sanctions on some demonstrators. There are ways to revive failed actions later by changing them to other invoices. As it is the first year of a two-year term in office, measures that do not advance this year could still be adopted next year. Here’s a look at the status of some key issues:
CITIZEN FORTIFICATION: House Bill 479 would abolish Georgian law that allows private individuals to arrest someone, while security guards and shop clerks can continue to detain people they accuse of a crime until the police arrive.
INCOME TAX CUT: Georgia would increase the amount of money someone could make before paying House Bill 593 income taxes and cut total taxes by $ 140 million.
SPORTS BETTING: With Senate Resolution 135 and Senate Law 142, Georgian voters could decide whether to allow sports betting. Lawmakers would divide the proceeds into college scholarships for low-income students, expanded high-speed internet access, and rural health services.