The Georgia statehouse in Atlanta. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM
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Georgia Legislature Today: Buckle up for long days this week

The Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Monday, Day 27 of the 2018 legislative session:

Long days ahead: Lawmakers are expected to have long days Monday and Wednesday as they work to send as many bills across the hall as possible in time for the so-called crossover deadline online. The day is treated as the last chance for legislation to clear a chamber while still being able to become law this year. However, there always is a possibility that legislation can be taken up at any time, or lawmakers can choose to alter a bill that has “crossed over” to include something that didn’t meet the deadline in the rush of the last days of session.

Bills on the floor: The Senate is scheduled to debate 29 bills on Monday. The House had 28 bills eligible for debate. Senate Bill 452 is among the bills scheduled for debate in that chamber, which would force law enforcement in “sanctuary cities” — such as Clayton and DeKalb counties — to cooperate U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Both Georgia counties passed policies in 2014 that limit local cooperation with the federal government. Immigrant advocacy groups have called the proposal unconstitutional.

No floor session on Tuesday: Lawmakers will not meet on the floor on Tuesday, but a few committee meetings are scheduled that day as legislators work to make bills eligible for floor debate on Wednesday. 

Business days remaining in the 2018 legislative session: 13

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