Courtesy CBS Atlanta
Courtesy CBS Atlanta

The 2014 Georgia Legislative session is over and it was down to the wire for the passage and failure of some very prominent bills.

A bill to allow guns in unsecured areas of airports, bars and allowing churches to “opt-in” is on its way to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk for his signature. The bill passed in the House 112 to 58.

The House voted 168 to 2 to approve the limited use of medical marijuana for seizure patients and sent the bill back to the Senate, but the bill was never brought to the floor before the session ended. The bill would have allowed the use of cannabis oil to treat some seizure disorders. The Senate had originally passed the bill, but an amendment requiring insurance companies to cover the cost of treating autism scuttled the bill.

A bill that would have allowed public contracts with private enterprises for the completion of  transportation projects – notably the Atlanta BeltLine – also died in the House.

Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) tried to have his “preservation of religious freedom” bill, which faced outcry from LGBT groups and local businesses over possible discrimination when it was originally introduced, attached to other bills, but he was unsuccessful.

Our media affiliate CBS46 contributed to this report.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.