Legislature wraps up session in Atlanta

Written by  Friday, 21 March 2014 06:19

Legislators did pass a sweeping gun bill, allowing the use of silencers when hunting . the bill does not allow guns in church unless the church specifically allows them, nor does it allow guns on college campuses.

 

Legislators rejected the idea of allowing private  companies to move into the foiter care program and legislation that bans bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other people who work for private firms in public schools from claiming unemployment benefits when school is out was given final approval late Thursday and now goes to Governor Deal.


A bill headed for the governor’s desk would require recipients of food stamps and welfare to undergo drug tests and pay for them, if a Department of Human Services worker suspected their “demeanor” or in other circumstances. On its final step through the Legislature HB 772 passed the House 100-67.

The bill survived several proposed amendments, most of which failed. Democrats filed several of them seeking to blunt the effect of the bill. Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, also withdrew a proposal to insert “religious freedom” language into HB 714. McKoon earlier this session had failed to move a standalone religious freedom bill that critics feared would open the door for private business owners to discriminate against gays — by citing religious beliefs.



 

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