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Mar. 31 – 12:15 a.m. Campus Carry bill comes back to Senate floor from a Conference Committee … and passes

Category: Education/Colleges/Universities

By Lou Phelps, Brunswick Business Journal

March 31, 2017 – The Georgia Senate took up the ‘Campus Carry’ bill once again late Thursday night, after it was returned to them from a Conference Committee that had been appointed earlier in the day.

The House approved the Conference Committee language at 11:55 p.m., and the Senate took the measure up at 12:10 a.m., after the Senators voted to waive their rule that requires a two-hour wait period before voting on a bill coming before their body. 

They had already passed midnight, when the 40th and last day of the session was theoretically over. Officially, the legislative day begins when they convene, and ends when they conclude, explained the Secretary of the Senate; the 40th ‘day’ does not end on a calendar day, he said.

On the vote to adopt the HB 280 Conference Committee Report that contained changes in language, the vote was 33 to 21 – the bill is approved by both bodies, and moves to the Governor.  

Changes to the bill, compared to last year’s version, include that firearms cannot be taken inside a pre-school on a college or university campus; a weapon can’t be taken into classes that have high school students also in attendance; and  a weapon cannot be brought into disciplinary hearings. 

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed the bill that was passed by the House and Senate last year.  Supporters in the Senate said that they “addressed his concerns,” with this year’s version, but it will be up to Gov. Deal to make the final decision.    

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