Mar 6, 2023 - Politics

Crossover Day cheat sheet at the Georgia Capitol

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Monday is Crossover Day at the state Capitol.

Why it matters: It's the deadline by which bills must get a vote in one chamber to cross over to the other, in time to become law before the legislative session ends on March 29.

Yes, but: It's kind of a fake deadline. Lawmakers will without fail find ways to slide legislation that did not pass either chamber into other bills until the session wraps.

  • Still, it's a good moment to assess the political legs of some of the hundreds of proposals.

๐Ÿˆ Sports betting: While one bill in to legalize sports betting and horse racing failed last week, others are still live, including a House bill and a sports betting constitutional amendment (up for a vote today in the Senate).

โŒ Transgender minor treatment: A Senate bill scheduled for a vote Monday would prohibit doctors from providing any transition-related health care for transgender minors.

๐Ÿ‚ Leaf blowers: A Senate proposal prevents localities from banning gas-powered leaf blowers until 2031. Landscapers protest the cost and performance of electric blowers โ€” which have been mandated in other states.

๐Ÿ‹ Lemonade stands: A bipartisan bill to legalize lemonade stands passed the Senate. In some places, children technically need a permit to do so. The bill would allow anyone under 18 to sell up to $5,000 annually of non-consumable goods, prepackaged foods or lemonade without a license.

๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Voters with kids: A rare bipartisan elections bill to allow voters with children under five to cut to the front of the line easily passed a House committee.

๐ŸฅŠ Partisan voting bills: The Senate passed a bill on party lines to strengthen penalties against counties that take grants to help cover election costs.

๐Ÿค”Runoff reform: A bill to drop the general election runoff threshold to 45% received a committee hearing Friday โ€” but not a vote.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŒพ Farmland conservation: This proposal set for a vote incentivizes Georgia farmers to sell a conservation easement on farmland โ€” and thereby protect it in perpetuity from development.

โœ๏ธ School choice, sort of: A proposal scheduled for a vote Monday would allow Georgia students to virtually access classes at other schools โ€” like AP courses โ€” while protecting the bulk of the student's home district funding allocation.

โš–๏ธ District attorneys: A flurry of GOP bills related to district attorneys are progressing despite Democratic opposition.

  • One that passed the Senate would create a commission appointed by Republican state leaders to discipline or remove elected DAs. There's a House version, plus a bill to allow DA races to become nonpartisan.

๐Ÿ’‰ Insulin cap: A Democratic bill to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs for state employees at $35 per month is up for a Senate vote.

Be smart: None have become law. They're on their way, but anything can happen in the weeks to come.


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