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Time running out on controversial Georgia bills

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The clock is ticking under the gold dome. Georgia lawmakers have just one working day left to decide on some controversial bills.

Thursday is the last day of the 2013 legislative session. Bills that don't get final approval by midnight are considered dead for the year.

One bill that still hasn't been resolved would allow gun owners with a carry permit to bring their guns into churches, as long as church leaders don't object. The House and Senate have different ideas on how the bill should be worded. A conference committee made up of key representatives and senators is trying to hammer out a compromise.

Another unresolved bill involves ethics. A conference committee likely will try to reach an agreement on whether to limit the dollar amount and type of gifts lobbyists are allowed to give to state lawmakers.

A last-minute provision involving abortion still awaits final passage. A bill that started as a routine proposal on health benefits for a narrow band of state employees was amended earlier this week to ban state employees' health insurance plans from covering abortions.

Check back with www.CBSAtlanta.com for updates.

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