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January 16, 2003

Governor Sonny Perdue releases his
ethics legislation in a press conference this morning. Some of the
initiatives include barring legislators from advocating for prisoners
with the Board of Pardons and Paroles, prohibiting the transfer of
campaign contributions between candidates and cracks down on nepotism
in State government. Lawmakers Nwandi Lawson has the details and

An in-depth interview with House Minority Leader Lynn Westmoreland. Our Susan Hoffman asks about the budget, ethics legislation, and the state flag.

The proposed tax hikes to alcohol and tobacco have some retailers and distributors concerned. Lawmakers' David Zelski explores public opinion and the impact on merchants.

Democrats say there's a way around tax increases. Gerald Bryant talks with Senator George Hooks, the Democratic Caucus CEO.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce holds their annual breakfast
at the Capitol. Drivers Licenses for illegal immigrants are at the top
of the wish list. The crowd gathered was a veritable who's who under
the gold dome. Lt. Governor Mark Taylor, Senator Eric Johnson and House
Speaker Terry Coleman were all in attendance. The Chamber gave special
recognition to Senator Sam Zamarripa, Representative David Casas and Representative Pedro Marin.
For the first time in Georgia's history, three Hispanics will serve in
the State Legislature. Lawmakers' Amanda Fitzpatrick has that story.

Political reporter Tom Crawford of shares his views on the budget, raising taxes and tort reform.

Senator Ed Harbison has declines Chairmanship of the Interstate
Cooperation Committee. He was one of four Democrats appointed Committee
Chairs by the new Republican majority.

Go to class with Georgia's Senators and Representatives! Lawmakers takes you inside the 23rd Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators
at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of
Georgia. Held in early December, it brings legislators new and old
together for a head start on the issues.

What do you think should be a priority in this year's legislative
session? Lawmakers' Cheznee Egemonye hit the streets to ask ordinary
citizens where their priorities lie.

G-CAPP, or the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention,
held their annual advocacy day at the Capitol yesterday.
Actress/Founder Jane Fonda joined G-CAPP members and spoke about her
new Early Childhood initiative. Lawmakers' Elizabeth Cowart reports.