Town Hall Meeting 3/7 & Crossover Summary

Rep. Holcomb

I will be co-hosting a town hall meeting with Rep. Taylor Bennett on Monday, March 7, from 7-8:30 PM at Kittredge Magnet School, 16663 Nancy Creek Drive, Atlanta 30319. We will provide an update on the legislative session.

Crossover Day was Monday. Here is an update on where things stand with some of the issues that have drawn the most attention:

Campus carry, HB (859)

A bill that will permit the concealed carrying of guns on college campuses will be moving forward to the Senate. The bill allows anyone aged 21 and older to carry guns on campus except for athletic facilities, sorority and fraternity houses, and dormitories. The bill moves to the Senate and both Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Governor Deal have expressed their support.

MARTA expansion, SB (313)

A proposal to expand MARTA in highly congested metro-Atlanta areas did not pass the Senate. It would have extended MARTA into the CDC-Emory Corridor and along I-20.

"Religious freedom"

Both Governor Deal and Speaker Ralston have voiced concerns about any measure that would permit discrimination. It is unlikely that any of these measures will pass this year.

Casino gambling HR(807)

Proposals to allow casino gambling stalled and did not make it to the House for a vote.

Rape kits HB(560 )

​As you know, my rape kit bill passed the House earlier, and I'm working hard

so it will pass the Senate. This bill ensures that rape kits will be processed timely and it would also clear the state's backlog of rape kits.

Medical marijuana HB(722 )

The Medical Marijuana bill passed out of the House. The bill allows the shipment of the medicinal product into the state but does not permit the cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes.

DeKalb government (HB 1099)

I'm sponsoring this bill to provide for a referendum to reform DeKalb County's government. It would change the government from an elected CEO to a Chair and professional county manager. This bill is a local bill and continues to move forward.

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