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Georgia lawmakers head into the 2016 legislative session Monday with stronger growth in revenues than in recent years, which could mean a chance for the state to catch up from the recession, experts say. 

“I think things are, at long last, looking pretty good,” said Carolyn Bourdeaux, director of the Center for State and Local Finance at Georgia State University. “The state has been through a really long, tough period.”


Georgia lawmakers gather this month for the 40 day general assembly, but many of their most important decisions won’t be made until the spring -- in the final days, and even hours, of the session.

The last-minute scramble to pass bills is a bipartisan Georgia tradition that some lawmakers say does not allow enough time to review legislation and avoid harming Georgians, let alone assess the potential effects of complicated laws.

Courtesy of Georgia Land Conservation Program

One bill that Georgia lawmakers will discuss this legislative session would put more money towards land conservation.  

The bill, HB 693, would create the Georgia Legacy Trust Fund, which would fund conservation projects on land and water. The money would come from 75 percent of the state sales tax collected from outdoor recreation equipment sales.