Activity at Georgia’s Capitol is in full swing as this past week marked the halfway point of 2018’s 40-day legislative session.
The session’s first half was largely dominated by an overhaul of the state’s adoption code, which became one of the first major pieces of legislation to pass both houses this year.
With that out of the way, lawmakers have turned to proposals on taxes and transit, medical marijuana, expanded Sunday alcohol sales and other issues.
Here’s a look at some of the recent major activity that will be playing out as the session continues:
The House and Senate are considering similar proposals to establish a new regional transit authority, called the ATL, aimed at improving metro Atlanta’s commuting infrastructure.
Under the House version, unveiled Tuesday by House Speaker David Ralston and House Transit Commission chairman Kevin Tanner, the ATL would be responsible for creating a plan to tackle the region’s mounting transit concerns and would have the authority to approve access to new sources of funding.
The House proposal specifies several new funding sources, including a