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GA Gov. Deal, lawmakers return with long to-do list

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ATLANTA (AP) - Transportation tops the to-do list for Georgia lawmakers returning to the Capitol on Monday. But debates from last session over medical marijuana, laws aimed at religious expression and regulating popular products are likely to return.

Republican leaders and Gov. Nathan Deal have kept quiet about their preferences for adding about $1 billion in funding for transportation to the state coffers, but all agree it's a top concern this year as Deal begins his second and final term. Lawmakers also have indicated plans to introduce bills to allow people with certain diseases to use cannabis oil as treatment and to add state regulations on ride-hailing companies like Uber or Lyft.

Several Republican lawmakers plan bills that the business community opposes. Supporters say government employees need more religious freedom protection.

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