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Georgia ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Won’t Get Vote In House

Georgia Sen. Josh McKoon, left, who is sponsoring the "religious freedom" bill, talks to Sen. Mike Crane, right, in the Senate Chamber of the Capitol on the final day of the 2015 legislative session, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Atlanta. By law, Georgia's General Assembly meets for 40 working days each year. Any bills not approved by each chamber by midnight are dead for the year.   (AP Photo/Branden Camp)
Georgia Sen. Josh McKoon, left, who is sponsoring the "religious freedom" bill, talks to Sen. Mike Crane, right, in the Senate Chamber of the Capitol on the final day of the 2015 legislative session, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Atlanta. By law, Georgia's General Assembly meets for 40 working days each year. Any bills not approved by each chamber by midnight are dead for the year. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)
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Legislative leaders say no vote will happen this year on Georgia’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Thursday marks the 40th and final day of the legislative session. Any bills not approved by lawmakers before midnight are dead for the year.

The proposal prompted a debate on discrimination and gay rights protests outside the Capitol. 

House Speaker David Ralston says the bill went through the House’s committee process but was not sent forward.

A House committee has taken no action on the measure since supporters tabled the bill last week after anti-discrimination language was added. Similar measures have sparked blowback in Arkansas and Indiana.

Gov. Nathan Deal says he expects the “difficult” issue to return next year.

State Sen. Josh McKoon, the bill’s sponsor, says he plans to continue work on the issue.

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