Georgia legislature hits a critical deadline

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ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia’s legislature hits a critical deadline on Thursday: Crossover Day. It’s a legislative deadline by which bills must generally pass out of one chamber or the other to remain alive for the session.

Several high-profile bills are under consideration, including a House bill to outlaw abortion after a fetus’ heartbeat can be detected and a Senate bill to create a state authority to oversee operations at Atlanta’s airport.

Republicans pushed the abortion bill through a tense and emotional committee hearing late Wednesday, where advocates and citizens on both sides of the issue were moved to tears.

Atlanta’s mayor has come out strongly against the airport takeover plan.

Also up for possible consideration is a hate crimes bill that would add penalties for those convicted of targeting specific groups.