Georgia lawmakers passed dozens of bills Wednesday, rushing to meet a key deadline for the 40-day session.
Legislation had to pass at least one chamber by the day’s end to remain alive for the year. There are ways around the deadline but lawmakers still try to get proposals through in time.
Here’s a look at some of the day’s top items:
Georgia is closer to adopting a voting system that leaves a paper trail.
The state Senate on Wednesday voted 50-1 in favor of a proposal that would replace electronic touch-screen voting with a paper-based system. It awaits House input.
Some lawmakers have pushed for paper ballots for years, arguing that paper ballots can’t be electronically hacked and can be easily verified in the event of an audit.
According to the bill, the future Secretary of State should choose an “optical scanning voting system” by June 2019.
Depending on when the state sets aside the necessary funding for the new machines, the new system would have to be put in use either in 2020 or 2024.