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The Latest: Lawmakers poised to end special session Saturday

November 16, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the special session of the Georgia legislature (all times local):

1 p.m.

The Georgia legislature is poised to finalize $470 million in emergency aid and tax credits for victims of Hurricane Michael as well as a $40 million tax exemption on jet fuel in a final round of votes Saturday.

The state Senate will meet Saturday morning for floor votes on the proposals, which have already passed the House.

The House won’t convene this weekend. But a resolution adopted Friday says that if the Senate approves the hurricane relief bills and jet fuel tax break without making changes, those bills are to be immediately sent to the governor.

Gov. Nathan Deal says he will be ready to sign the measures into law this weekend.

All three bills won easy approval in Senate committees Friday with no changes made to the House versions.

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10:20 a.m.

Gov. Nathan Deal is asking lawmakers to quickly conclude their special session as Senate committees advanced $470 million in hurricane-related emergency aid and tax incentives as well as a $40 million tax break for airlines.

The Senate Appropriations and Finance committees approved the jet fuel tax exemption and measures to aid recovery from Hurricane Michael on Friday morning. It was not immediately known when the full Senate might vote.

Deal addressed the Appropriations Committee and urged senators to finish their work as soon as Saturday “so that the relief can begin to flow immediately.”

The hurricane recovery bills have seen broad support. The jet fuel exemption was defeated in the Senate in February. Republicans said they were punishing Delta Air Lines for ending discounted fares to National Rifle Association members.

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