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Friday December 6th, 2019 11:52PM

The Latest: Georgia Dems mount opposition to abortion bill

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Crossover Day at the Georgia legislature (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

Georgia House Democrats are opposing a bill that would outlaw abortions after a heartbeat can be detected.

During a state Capitol news conference Thursday, advocates and lawmakers criticized the measure for "playing politics with women's bodies."

One doctor spoke about working with patients who tried to self-induce abortions.

Rep. Erica Thomas of Austell, vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, said she's more than four months pregnant. Her decision to give birth was between her and her family and she said that's how it should be.

Timing to pass the legislation is tight. Thursday marks a deadline by which a bill must generally pass one chamber or the other.

The bill is not yet on the House calendar but could come up for consideration there later Thursday.

Gov. Brian Kemp has endorsed it.

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2:40 p.m.

A plan for the state to take over control of Atlanta's airport has passed the Georgia Senate, despite vociferous opposition from Atlanta officials.

The legislation, introduced by Republican state Sen. Burt Jones of Jackson, would create the Georgia Major Airport Authority, a board appointed by state officials to oversee operations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The airport is currently owned and operated by the city.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has come out strongly against the proposal, calling it "theft" from the people of Atlanta.

Jones said state control is needed because of corruption issues in the procurement process. Critics of the plan say those issues involved past administrations and that Bottoms, who assumed office last year, has taken steps to reform the process.

The bill will now go to the House for consideration.

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10:50 a.m.

Georgia's legislature hits a critical deadline on Thursday: Crossover Day. It's a legislative deadline by which bills must generally pass out of one chamber or the other to remain alive for the session.

Several high-profile bills are under consideration, including a House bill to outlaw abortion after a fetus' heartbeat can be detected and a Senate bill to create a state authority to oversee operations at Atlanta's airport.

Republicans pushed the abortion bill through a tense and emotional committee hearing late Wednesday, where advocates and citizens on both sides of the issue were moved to tears.

Atlanta's mayor has come out strongly against the airport takeover plan.

Also up for possible consideration is a hate crimes bill that would add penalties for those convicted of targeting specific groups.

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