Georgia lawmakers won’t quit because of the weather

Despite a slew of committee meeting cancellations for Tuesday afternoon, the threat of snow isn’t expected to keep state lawmakers from work Wednesday, top leaders said.

In the Senate, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said he would gavel the day open at 10 a.m. Wednesday. “You might want to make appropriate plans,” Cagle told his members. “We will continue our efforts for the citizens.”

House leaders passed on a morning session Wednesday but said they will be back at work at 1 p.m.

House Speaker David Ralston said he has been in touch with the offices of Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency concerning the snow.

“We have a couple of counties that are having some real traffic issues, specifically Union County and Troup County,” Ralston said. “GEMA reports that apparently we have a heavier band of snow coming into the southern part of the metro area and Middle Georgia later today.”

Most lawmakers from outside of Atlanta keep temporary residences in the city during the legislative session. A number of condo and apartment buildings are within walking distance or a short drive from the Capitol, making their daily commute a bit easier.