The Latest on the Georgia General Assembly (all times local):
A Senate panel has approved legislation that would reduce the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to advance the bill sponsored by Sen. Harold Jones II, a Democrat from Augusta.
Under the legislation, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana would be punishable as a misdemeanor rather than a felony as is currently the case. The bill goes next to the Senate Rules Committee.
Separately, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee reversed course on an abortion bill.
The bill would have required abortion providers to give women information about potentially stopping drug-induced abortions midway through the procedure.
The committee chairwoman decided to pull the proposal after reviewing a court decision in Arizona that found a similar bill to be unconstitutional.
Two bills that would change the appearance of driver’s licenses issued to immigrants with permission to be in the U.S. are moving through the Georgia legislature.
The House Public Safety Committee on Monday approved a bill that would label licenses “ineligible voter.” Rep Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, originally proposed a “noncitizen” label.
Voting rights advocates objected to the change during Monday’s meeting, but it passed the committee over Democrats’ objections.
The Senate Public Safety Committee separately approved a bill requiring licenses issued to people without U.S. citizenship be printed vertically rather than horizontally.
People without permission to be in the country aren’t eligible to receive driver’s licenses in Georgia but the state does issue licenses to people with legal permission to be in the country.
Licensed gun owners could carry concealed handguns on public college campuses under legislation approved by a Georgia House committee.
Members approved the bill on Monday despite opposition from the University System of Georgia and Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of a similar bill last year.
The measure would allow