Budget boosts education; PTSD cannabis oil bill passes on last day …

ATLANTA — As the hour ticked toward midnight on the final day of Georgia’s 40-day legislative session, members of the House and Senate worked furiously to pass dozens of bills.

The rush can lead to dramatic last-minute changes to legislation, some intentional and some by accident.

By Thursday evening, lawmakers had given final passage to a wide range of proposals, including a state budget that fully funds the state’s K-12 education formula. Other bills were still hanging in the balance, including a measure to overhaul transit across metro Atlanta.

Here’s a look at some of the top issues at the Capitol:


The Georgia House passed a budget Thursday for the upcoming fiscal year that fully funds the state’s K-12 education formula after over a decade of cutbacks.

The $26 billion budget will go to Gov. Nathan Deal, who’s expected to quickly sign it into law. The measure passed the Senate on Tuesday.

The proposal, buoyed

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