Ralston takes a cautious approach to 'religious liberty' measure

House Speaker David Ralston didn't slam the door shut on a comeback of "religious liberty" legislation, but he came close.

The Blue Ridge Republican told the AJC that any effort to revive the contentious legislation was not among his priorities.

“We’ve been really busy in the House since last session looking at ways we can take this success, this economic climate, all over Georgia," he said, citing a transit study effort and economic development efforts in rural Georgia. "We have an awful lot of work to do. So I haven’t really thought about that.

He wasn't quite as vociferous as Gov. Nathan Deal's top aide was last week, but the message was clear.

Deal chief of staff Chris Riley urged the candidates in the crowded gubernatorial field to strike a cautious note next year with contentious social measures lest it imperil the bid for Amazon's second headquarters.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.