January 13, 2013
General Assembly carpenter Steven Eakin works on an original desk dating back to the 1889 construction of the Georgia State Capitol as he makes repairs on the House Floor in preparation to the start of the year’s legislative session, in Atlanta. A more Republican General Assembly will convene in mid-January facing a familiar challenge: How to absorb increasing health care costs in a state budget continually short on revenue. Medicaid questions, specifically the renewal of an expiring tax on hospitals’ patient revenue, will dominate the session. But there’s no shortage of intrigue on education policy, gun laws in the wake of a Connecticut shooting, and the political structure of a state Senate that looks to emerge from dysfunction.
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The state's budget, health care and gun laws are expected to be major topics during the 2013 Legislative Session.