Mar 29, 2024 - Politics

State lawmakers wrap up 2024 legislative session

Georgia lawmakers inside the General Assembly on Sine Die, March 28, 2024.

Legislators sit in the House Chambers yesterday on Sine Die, the last day of the Georgia General Assembly. Photo: Natrice Miller/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State lawmakers wrapped up the 2024 legislative session late last night. Here's a recap of what bills made it through and which ones failed to cross the finish line.

What passed:

💰 Budget: The state's roughly $36 billion budget cleared both chambers hours before the session wrapped up.

🚨 Immigration: HB 1105 requires local jails to notify the federal government if a person detained is an undocumented person and would penalize local governments that offer "immigration sanctuary policies."

🗳 Elections: Lawmakers approved a last-minute change to Georgia election laws that includes banning QR codes on ballots.

☀️ Solar power: A bill putting solar companies on the hook for decommissioning large-scale installations on farmland passed.

ğŸŽ Street drag racing: A measure increasing the penalties for laying drag and street racing now heads to the governor's desk for a signature.

💇‍♀️ Cosmetology: SB 354 would not require people who shampoo and blow dry hair and apply makeup to obtain a state cosmetology license.

🚌 School buses: The fine for motorists who pass a school bus that's picking up or dropping off passengers would increase from $250 to $1,000 under this legislation.

What didn't pass:

⛏ Okefenokee mining: The Senate declined to take up a measure designed to pause, but not prohibit, the permitting of new mining operations near the Okefenokee Swamp.

⚖️ Wrongful convictions: Lawmakers failed to pass legislation to reform how Georgia compensates individuals who are wrongfully convicted of crimes.

📚 ALA: A bill that requires the Georgia Library System to cut ties with the American Library Association died in the House Higher Education Committee.

🏈 Sports betting: Lawmakers didn't consider a proposed referendum asking voters to approve or reject online sports gambling

🏳️‍⚧️ Transgender youth: House lawmakers chose not to take up a measure banning the use of puberty-blocking medication for transgender minors.

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