March 7, 2019 Atlanta - Opponents stand in the gallery as the House debates HB 481, which would outlaw abortions once a doctor can detect a heartbeat in the womb, in the House Chambers during Crossover day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Hundreds of bills hang in the balance at the Georgia Capitol on Thursday, the self-imposed deadline for legislation to pass at least one chamber. Dozens of bills ranging from the hotly contested to the mundane will be debated on Crossover Day, which occurs on the 28th business day of each year's 40-day legislative session. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Breaking down Georgia’s airport, abortion and voting machines bills

Post-Crossover Day, three major pieces of legislation stand out as the biggest topics of Georgia’s 2019 legislative session: 

HB 481A bill that would ban abortions when a doctor can detect a heartbeat in the womb (six weeks) 

SB 131A bill that would allow a state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

HB 316A bill that replaces the state’s voting machines with a new voting system

With only a handful of days left in the session, Politically Georgia podcast host Greg Bluestein spoke with AJC reporters Kelly YamanouchiMark Niesse and Maya T. Prabhu about the bills and their likelihood of passing before the end of the legislative session.

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