Budget, PTSD cannabis oil bills pass on last day

Georgia lawmakers agreed to a budget that fully funds the state’s K-12 education formula and passed a measure that cracks down on distracted driving before the gavel fell on this year’s legislative session early Friday.

A number of bills, including a controversial immigration enforcement measure and a proposal to move away from electronic voting machines failed to be taken up as lawmakers rushed to pass dozens of other bills throughout the final hours of the legislative session.

Attention now turns to Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican in the final year of his last term. Georgia law gives Deal 40 days to decide whether to sign or veto legislation, or allow it to become law without his name.

The House and Senate adjourned a few minutes after midnight, which used to be considered a hard deadline to end the session. But in recent years, lawmakers have worked beyond it.

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