Crossover Day at the Georgia State Capitol is here, which means that any bills that hope to be signed into law must pass through at least one legislative chamber or else be dead for 2017.  Below are some of the key bills up for votes throughout today’s hectic schedule.

 

  • HB 280 – The ‘campus carry’ bill returns to the House floor.  This year sponsored by state Rep. Mandy Ballinger, the bill would allow individuals with weapons permits to carry guns on college and university campuses.  Last year a similar piece of legislation passed both houses but was vetoed by Governor Nathan Deal.
  • HB 452 – Sponsored by state Rep. Jesse Petrea, the bill would require  the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to share information received from the federal government on the release of criminal aliens with Georgia sheriffs and to post it online for the public.  It would also give ICE agents additional time to determine whether criminal aliens need to be taken into federal custody.
  • HB 292 – State Rep. Rick Jasperse hopes to streamline a handful of gun laws with his bill, which would allow gun owners from reciprocating states to obtain a temporary Georgia Weapons License, protect firearms instructors from unjust lawsuits, and more.
  • HB 353 – Seeks to protect Georgians in need of a car title pawn by offering them amortized loans that can’t be rolled over and that return excess proceeds should the vehicle be repossessed.
  • HB 406 – A gun reciprocity bill, it would allow for individuals with a concealed weapons permit in Georgia to enjoy that same right in Virginia, and vice versa.
  • SB 17 – If the ‘brunch bill’ can’t make it out of committee and onto the Senate floor for a vote, then restaurants will be barred from selling alcohol before 12:30 on Sundays for yet another head scratching year.
  • SB 134 – The ‘Save, Earn, Win act’ boasts some powerful support, but it needs to be approved by the Senate to stay alive in 2017.  The bill would create a ‘savings raffle’ to encourage more saving by Georgians.

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