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Ga. lawmakers face divide over firearms, lobbying

By RAY HENRY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers are facing big differences on legislation about firearms and lobbying rules as the General Assembly is two days away from ending its annual session.

By law, any bills that do not pass by Thursday automatically fail for the year.

A six-member negotiating team was expected to meet this week in an attempt to resolve differences over how Georgia regulates lobbyists.

House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican, has put forward a plan that would ban lobbyist spending on individual lawmakers, though it leaves big exceptions. He would also require more people to register as lobbyists, even some volunteers.

Senate lawmakers have backed a plan that would cap lobbyist gifts to lawmakers at $100. The original Senate changes to Ralston's bill left the current lobbyist registration rules in place.

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