The Latest on the final day of the Georgia legislative session (all times local):
A Republican Georgia lawmaker has taken to the House floor to denounce Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, one of the leading candidates in the GOP governor’s race.
Buford Rep. David Clark is furious that the Senate, which Cagle oversees, has thus far refused to vote on a House-backed proposal that would expand Georgia’s medical cannabis oil program to include those with post-traumatic stress disorder and intractable pain.
In a fiery speech Thursday afternoon, Clark accused Cagle of “playing games” with people’s lives.
Clark, a former Army Ranger, says the medical marijuana proposal will save lives, since those suffering from PTSD who have access to cannabis oil are less likely to turn to highly addictive opioid painkillers.
Cagle’s spokesman declined to comment.
The Georgia Senate has passed a weakened version of a proposal aimed at allowing adults who were sexually abused as children the ability to file lawsuits against their alleged abusers.
Senators voted 51-0 Thursday in favor of giving adults up to the age of 30 to file suit in the future. The current age limit is 23, but the House had last month voted to extend the statute of limitations to 38.
Unlike the House version, the Senate version does not give victims of all ages a one-year window to file suit.
GOP Rep. Jason Spencer, the bill’s sponsor, has said he will ask his House colleagues to reject the Senate’s measure and instead have the bill be sent to a conference committee in the hopes of reaching a compromise before session ends at midnight.
It could soon be a felony to knowingly provide a firearm to a person with a prior felony conviction under a proposal passed