Ethics, guns, budget likely to dominate final day

Ethics, guns, budget likely to dominate final day

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Georgia lawmakers have one more day to cram through major policy decisions over lobbying rules, guns and the state budget.

By law, the General Assembly meets 40 days annually. The session on Thursday will be the last meeting for the year, called Sine Die. State lawmakers typically start taking votes in the morning and will continue until the clock strikes midnight.

Any bills that do not pass the House and Senate by then automatically fail for the year.

State lawmakers must still decide whether to set limits on lobbyist spending. House Speaker David Ralston wants to prohibit lobbyist spending on individual lawmakers, but allow it in some group settings. He also wants more people to register as lobbyists.

Senate lawmakers have backed a $100 cap on lobbyist expenditures.


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