Legislation that would replace Georgia’s medical malpractice tort system with a worker’s compensation-like board appears to be dead on arrival this session, but bills regulating e-discovery and civil forfeiture and relaxing concealed carry restrictions are poised for consideration during the 2014 session that begins today.

Legislators have predicted a quick session because they face primaries two months earlier this year, in May, due to a federal court decision regarding absentee ballot deadlines. Lawmakers’ first priority will be deciding on a budget for 2015, which the General Assembly is constitutionally obligated to do.

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