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Controversial Georgia bills gain, lose traction as key deadline looms

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Some controversial bills are gaining traction as they make their way through the Georgia General Assembly.

A bill that would allow limited uses of medical marijuana passed Wednesday in a House committee. It now goes to the full House for a floor vote.

Parents whose children suffer from seizures have been lobbying in support of the bill. It would allow certain academic institutions to distribute a form of cannabis oil to patients suffering from specific medical conditions.

The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, has said the oil is low in THC, the active ingredient that produces the marijuana high. 

Also, a House committee has approved a bill that would place a statue of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the Capitol grounds.

The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that could lead to the creation of the city of Lakeside in northwest DeKalb County. If approved by the House, voters would have the final say during a special referendum vote in May.

The Georgia Senate also passed a bill that would reduce the number of members on the DeKalb County school board from nine to seven.

Monday is known as "Crossover Day" at the Capitol. Bills that don't cross from one chamber to the other on the 30th day of the 40-day session are considered dead for the session.

Two bills starting to lose traction are known as "religious freedom bills." The bills, one in the House and a similar one in the Senate, would allow business owners to cite religious beliefs in denying service to customers. Critics said the bills would open the door for discrimination against gays.

On Wednesday, the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee tabled the Senate version rather than put it on the calendar for a floor vote.

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