What passed and failed in 2021 Georgia General Assembly

What passed and failed in 2021 Georgia General Assembly

Here’s a look at the status of some significant issues. ATLANTA — Georgia’s General Assembly concludes its 2021 session on Wednesday, with lawmakers still needing to act on the state budget and many other bills. Some key proposals had already passed, like an overhaul of state elections law that restricts some kinds of voting and a small income tax cut. Only a few measures that made it this far appear dead, such as a plan to create a new position to improve reporting at the state Labor Department. And even measures that appear dead can sometimes be revived at the last minute. Because it’s the first year of a two-year term, measures that don’t pass this year could still pass next year. Here’s a look at the status of some significant issues: PENDING TAX BREAKS: Senators and representatives are trying to negotiate a deal over Senate Bill 6 , which deals with new tax breaks as well as a review of how much revenue the state if forgoing because of tax breaks. CITIZEN’S ARREST: House Bill 479 would abolish the Georgia law that allows private citizens to arrest someone, while still allowing security guards and store employees to hold people they accuse of a crime until police arrive. SPORTS BETTING: Senate Resolution 135 and Senate Bill 142 would let Georgia’s voters decide whether they’ll allow sports betting. Lawmakers would split the proceeds among college scholarships for low income students, expanded high speed internet access and rural health care services. […]

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