Gun access and sports betting among bills that fall short in Georgia

Gun access and sports betting among bills that fall short in Georgia

Lawmakers stopped short of pushing through some of the most contentious proposals at the Capitol this year, including bills that would have expanded gun rights, allowed sports betting and required hospitals to accept visitors regardless of circumstances. They were among many bills that failed for a variety of reasons. Some didn’t have enough support. Others never got a final vote as Wednesday’s deadline for bills to pass expired. There were also bills that fell short after legislators added unattractive amendments. No bill is truly dead, especially since this was the first year of the General Assembly’s two-year cycle. That means the same measures can be revived in 2022. Republican lawmakers could be heard in the halls after the House adjourned asking each other, “Why didn’t he do the gun bill ?” House Speaker David Ralston said he declined to move forward with a bill that would have expanded access to firearms in Georgia partly because he said he hadn’t had a chance to go over the particulars of the legislation and because it had been just two weeks since shootings at three Atlanta-area spas left eight people dead. “We’re less than two weeks out from two major mass killings and so, you know, that heightens my level of sensitivity to that,” said Ralston , a Republican from Blue Ridge, adding that the chamber has historically supported gun rights. House Bill 218 would have made it legally easier for travelers to bring their guns into the state, allow probate judges […]

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