Facing deadline, GA lawmakers still talking campus guns, budget
(Source: Governor Nathan Deal/Facebook)
By KATHLEEN FOODY and EZRA KAPLAN Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers head into the final two weeks of the legislative session with a lot of unfinished business, including a state budget for the coming financial year.
The General Assembly plans to adjourn on March 30, with only five days of floor votes scheduled. Lawmakers generally agree on priorities for a $49 billion budget, including a 2 percent salary increase for teachers and $1 billion to finance construction projects around the state.
The Senate has control of a bill allowing concealed handguns on college campuses and a proposal giving the state more power to intervene in struggling schools. Both proposals could get a vote this week.
The House plans to vote Monday on a bill increasing regulation of treatment programs that use drugs such as methadone to treat opioid addicts.
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