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Georgia Capitol Notes

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm •  Published: March 15, 2013
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QUOTES:

"So this is what they've been doing over there?," quipped House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, during discussion of Senate Bill 81, which would shorten the legal season of harvesting ginseng.

"This bill makes nothing legal that is not already legal," said state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, during discussion of House Bill 487, which transfers oversight of video poker machines from the Department of Revenue to the Georgia Lottery Corp.

DAYS LEFT:

Six days remain in the legislative session.

LOOK AHEAD:

Lawmakers will be back in session on Wednesday, March 20. The calendar for Wednesday includes consideration of SB 136, also known as the "Kyle Glover Boat Education Law" and the "Jake and Griffin BUI Law," which affects hunting and boating regulations. Changes include one provision that would lower minimum blood alcohol levels from 0.10 to 0.08 to conform to the motor vehicles standard.

Major bills including HB 512 on guns and HB 142 and 143 on ethics are still in committee.