Capitol should be calm before legislature’s frenzied final 2 days

Lawmakers are back at the Capitol on Tuesday for Day 39 of the 40-day legislative session.

They are slated to wind up work f0r the 2016 regular session and the two-year cycle on Thursday.

Barrelling toward that deadline, schedules are in flux. But here’s the schedule at press time.

Events at the Capitol (according to the Georgia Building Authority calendar)


8 a.m.-noon Georgia Shape Day, Georgia Department of Public Health – Capitol south wing

11:30 a.m. Legislators’ press conference against ‘religious liberty’ bill, Reps. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta) and Park Cannon, D-Atlanta — Room 216 of the Capitol

1 p.m.-4 p.m. Caribbean-American Heritage Day at the Capitol, Caribbean-American Advancement Foundation Inc. — Capitol south wing

2 p.m. Georgia clergy press conference urging Gov. Deal to veto campus carry bill — Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington Street, Atlanta


8 a.m.-1 p.m. Champions for Children Easter Seals — Capitol south wing

noon-1 p.m. Shiloh Middle School Choir performs — Capitol rotunda

1 p.m.-2 p.m. HB 859 petition delivery and press conference, Georgia General Assembly — Capitol rotunda

2 p.m.-5 p.m. Stop the Madness Save a Life Youth Rally, Lion of Judah Faith Center — Capitol south wing

2 p.m.-4 p.m. UPRISE: Uniting Our Communities Through Collaboration Commissioning Open Minds Beyond Standards Foundation Inc. — Liberty Plaza across from Capitol

Up in the House on Tuesday (a supplemental calendar is a possibility)

HR 1254, encouraging Medicaid care management organizations to cover certain attention deficit

hyperactivity disorder medications

HR 1564, encouraging the state Department of Public Health to provide sudden cardiac arrest prevention education

SB 18, establishing policies for the Technical College System of Georgia to grant academic credit for college level learning for military service and work experience

SB 230, creating the ‘Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act’

SB 271, dealing with admission to emergency receiving facilities for mental health treatment

SB 417, create the ‘Georgia Film and Television Trail Act’

SB 184, dealing with dog breeds

SB 255, changing garnishment laws

SB 275, dealing with free exercise of the right of freedom of speech for school board members

SB 329, expanding provisions awarding of high school diplomas based on certain dual credit coursework (Ed

SB 346, exempting projects for construction/improvement of public roads from environmental effects reports

SB 383, dealing with the Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Council

SB 389, dealing with temporary assistance for needy families

SB 420, requiring referendum approval prior to the expenditure of public funds for fixed guideway transit

Up in the Senate on Tuesday

to be determined when Senate Rules Committee meets at 1 p.m. Monday in Room 450 Capitol. Supplemental calendars also could be set later in Rules

Committee meetings in the House and Senate

Only one so far: 1 p.m. Monday Senate Rules Committee, Room 450 Capitol

House and Senate convene 10 a.m. Tuesday