Lawmakers may avoid divisive social issues in election year

ATLANTA (AP) — Budget cuts are needed. A contentious election season is on the horizon. With that as the backdrop for Georgia’s 2020 legislative session beginning Monday, will there be an appetite for lawmakers to take up divisive social issues? On the heels of a contentious battle over abortion that dominated last year’s session, Republican leaders are signaling that there may be less willingness to take on hot-button social issues this year. Republican House Speaker David Ralston says he wants to focus on creating a good climate for business, schools and transportation.

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