Gold Dome Report - 2017 Session Recap
The 2017 Session of the Georgia General Assembly concluded at 12:50 a.m. on March 31, 2017. Leaders of both chambers decided to work past the historical midnight "deadline" and continued to pass legislation well into the night. Although some lawmakers left the Capitol disappointed that their bills were not called for a vote, there was still a sense that it was a successful session overall.
Some sessions of the General Assembly reverberate with tension and highly publicized issues, such as the 2016 Session when the religious freedom and campus gun carry issues dominated the media. Others are quieter, but full of solid achievements. Much of this year's focus involved looking at issues related to education, the opioid crises, guns and weapons' carry provisions, casinos and economic development, medical marijuana, and tax reform. While not every issue received a major piece of legislation, progress was made throughout the committee process and during floor debate. Legislation that did not make it for a vote this year will carry over to the 2018 Session.
Our 2017 Georgia Capitol team consists of Stan Jones, Chuck Clay, Helen Sloat, and Logan Fletcher. We will also try our hand at tweeting this year – so follow us! @GDR_Live
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