The Georgia Legislature enters day three with child welfare reform and guns on college campuses headlining the session.
According to a report from our media affiliate CBS Atlanta, a group of lawmakers, private foster care companies and child advocates met at the capitol yesterday to push a measure to merge child welfare services into a public-private partnership. Supporters said the proposed partnership would include non-profits, houses of worship, corporations and the state. The high profile deaths of two children in foster care have galvanized the movement. Gov. Nathan Deal has called for $27 million to hire hundreds of new caseworkers over the next few years.
Gun advocates are also lobbying for a bill to allow students to carry guns on college campuses, despite the College Board of Regents being firmly against the idea.
State lawmakers nearly passed a concealed carry bill for students at state colleges last year, but the bill stalled in the Senate.