Georgia lawmakers face midnight deadline to finish work

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia lawmakers have until midnight to vote on bills expanding the number of people who can use medical marijuana, cutting income taxes and trying to lower the number of abortions in the state.

Thursday marks the 40th and final day of the legislative session.

Leaders set an aggressive schedule this year, because all House and Senate districts will be on the November ballot. Members running for re-election are in a hurry to return home and begin campaigning.

Bills that don’t pass both chambers before adjournment must start the process all over again next year.

Those that survive head to Gov. Nathan Deal.

Lawmakers already have sent bills eliminating a weapons ban on college campuses and protecting opponents of gay marriage to the governor, and approved a state budget.

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