Gov. Nathan Deal addresses the joint House and Senate budget committees today. Deal and the state's chief fiscal economist opened a week of legislative budget hearings Tuesday by presenting Georgia's economic outlook for the next year. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM 
Photo: Bob Andres
Photo: Bob Andres

Four things we learned under the Gold Dome today: signed, sealed, delivered

Here are 4 things that happened at the Georgia Capitol today that you should know:

1. The Georgia Senate gave final passage Wednesday to a mid-year budget adding $1 billion in new state spending. [Gov. Nathan Deal quickly signed it into law.]

2. The Georgia House passed mandates that would require the state to track abortions and ban the sale of aborted fetal tissue. [But not everyone voted in favor of these mandates.]

3. A House committee approved an effort to count Georgia among states that want to award electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote nationwide. [How are Georgia’s electoral votes being awarded now?]

4. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will address the Georgia House of Representatives on Tuesday. [Why he won’t be making his way over to the Senate chamber after.]

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