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.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.