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Posted: March 1, 2014 8:30 p.m.

Sat. town hall canceled

Update: The town hall scheduled for Saturday at the Historic Courthouse has been canceled due to a death in the family of state Rep. Pam Dickerson.

Original story: Monday will be one the busiest days at the state Capitol, as representatives and senators rush to get bills approved to keep them alive during the 2014 session.

Once the craziness temporarily subsides, Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, and Sen. Ronald Ramsey, D-Lithonia, will host a town hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Courthouse off the square to fill Newton County voters in on the happenings from the first part of the session.

The rush is due to Monday’s deadline, after which point any bills not approved by either the house or the senate are dead for this year. Monday is Crossover Day, the day on which the bills that get approved in either the house or senate then head to the other chamber for approval.

"We’ll be recapping what has happened thus far in the first 35 days of session or so," Dickerson said Friday. "We just (hope) everyone comes out and that they have questions. Hopefully, it’ll be a lively discussion."

Several major bills have been passed or could be passed, including bills aimed at ending the Common Core education curriculum in Georgia, making starting charter schools easier, increasing the number of places where guns would be allowed, allowing medical cannabis compounds to be used in medical testing and numerous others.

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