The Latest on activity inside the Georgia Capitol as lawmakers run up against a key legislative deadline Wednesday (all times local):
The Georgia House has passed a measure that proponents say would help keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
Today, when a person is involuntarily hospitalized, a report of that hospitalization is sent to state and federal officials to be used in criminal background checks. Under current Georgia law, those reports are kept on file for five years and then withdrawn from federal agencies and deleted by the state.
The GOP backed measure, which passed the House by a vote of 161-4, would eliminate that automatic removal after five years and allow the records to be preserved.
Republican Rep. Christian Coomer of Cartersville says the measure would bring Georgia in line with every other state in the country.
The Georgia House has advanced a proposal that would make Georgia the 16th state to make it illegal to hold a cellphone while driving.
The House voted 151-20 on Wednesday in favor of a bill that would fine drivers at least $300 for holding a phone behind the wheel. The measure awaits Senate input.
Rep. John Carson, a Marietta Republican, says distracted driving is largely responsible for a recent spike in fatal crashes in Georgia and the resulting rise in auto insurance premiums across the state.
Law enforcement officers say they often cannot tell whether a driver is texting or merely dialing, making it difficult for them to enforce the current anti-texting law.
Under the bill, drivers would still be allowed to use GPS navigation and talk via a hands-free device.
Victims of domestic violence would be able to end a lease without facing early-termination penalties under a proposal that