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House Speaker David Ralston On Decisions Lawmakers Will Face In 2018 Session

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, speaking with Denis O'Hayer on "Morning Edition"
House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, speaking with Denis O'Hayer on "Morning Edition"
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Next month, state lawmakers return to the Georgia Capitol for the 2018 session.

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Some of the biggest decisions will involve lots of money. Republican House Speaker David Ralston sat down with Denis O’Hayer recently on Morning Edition.

In part two of their conversation, the Speaker talked about some of those pressing — and expensive — decisions, starting with long-delayed funding for transit in Atlanta and other places.

A study committee will soon give lawmakers its recommendations.

The interview also touched on the state’s opioid addiction crisis, and whether lawmakers will opt for the state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, or negotiate an alternative with the Federal government.

Hear part one of the conversation here