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January 17, 2003

Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take another look at the reapportionment of State Senate districts.
A three-judge Federal panel had rejected the legislature's 2001 Senate
reapportionment plan. That required lawmakers to redraw those lines in
the 2002 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Supreme Court
Justices could reinstate the senate district lines rejected by the
three-judge panel last spring. We'll have reaction from Senate Majority
Leader Thomas Price, a Republican, and from Democratic House Majority
Leader Jimmy Skipper.

Should illegal aliens be able to get a driver's license? Representative Barbara Mobley
believes they should. Susan Hoffman has more on a piece of legislation
that could allow illegal aliens to obtain a Georgia drivers license.

Governor Sonny Perdue is proposing more funding for Georgia's
indigent defense program in his version of the budget, but the courts
say it may not be enough. David Zelski reports on where Georgia stands
in meeting the Georgia Supreme Court's expectations in supporting this
constitutional requirement.

Celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today the
M.L.K Jr. holiday commission honored the life and work of the civil
rights leader at the State Capitol. The commission gave awards to former House Speaker Tom Murphy and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. Nwandi Lawson was there and shares the highlights from the celebration.

Trying children as adults. In 1994 the Georgia Legislature
passed laws allowing for the prosecution of children over the age of 13
as adults if they commit one of the crimes known as the seven deadly sins. Last night a large group voiced opposition to these laws at a public hearing. Lawmakers' Cheznee Egemonye has the details.

Also on tonight's broadcast, complete House and Senate Committee Chair lists.