Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
ATLANTA (AP) -- The legislative session is set to begin Monday, and state lawmakers have a short list of top priorities amid a busy election year.
The budget is expected to dominate much of the session, amid increased revenues that have brought an end to additional spending cuts.
Gov. Nathan Deal says much of the additional revenues not set aside to rebuilding the state's reserves will be spent on education and meeting obligations under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Lawmakers are also expected to focus on resolving legislation from last session that would expand gun rights on college campuses. With an aggressive schedule, though, some of the broader discussions including proposals to reform the medical malpractice system and privatize some child welfare services may end up having to wait until next year.
(The Associated Press. Copyright 2013)