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January 28, 2003

Last night Governor Perdue announced that he was asking Attorney General Thurbert Baker to withdraw the State's reapportionment appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court. David Zelski has more on the state's reapportionment dilemma.

Incorporating Sandy Springs. Can this perennial issue finally pass
the legislature? Gerald Bryant talks with Senate Majority Leader Tom Price about the possible incorporation of Sandy Springs in Fulton County.

Governor Sonny Perdue introduces his ethics reform
legislation to the Georgia Senate. The Governor's Ethics Reform Act of
2003 aims to set high ethical standards for Georgia's government.
Hamilton Northcutt reports onSB 31, the first in a series of bills in the Governor's ethics reform package.

Homestead exemptions. The controversy continues over the
state's homestead exemption. In Governor Perdue's State of the Budget
Address, the exemption was to be rolled back to $4,000, but last night
in his State of the State Address, the Governor announced that the
exemption will stay at $10,000. Senate Democrats and Republicans took
the well this morning to make their voices heard on this issue.

State of the State Address. Nwandi Lawson reports on the first ever prime time address and reactions from both sides of the aisle.

GOP Agenda. Gerald Bryant has an exclusive interview with Eric Johnson, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, to discuss ethics, the homestead exemption, reapportionment and more.

State School Superintendent Kathy Cox. Susan Hoffman has an
exclusive interview with Superintendent Cox to talk about education
issues such as the elimination of foreign language opportunities for
elementary school children, ways to reward teachers other than a pay
raise, and Cox's plans to implement an open door policy for teachers.

Legislators from the 13th Congressional District elect a Department
of Transportation Board member after failing to reach a quorum last
week. McDonough mortuary owner Dana Lemon is the first African-American woman to serve on the board.

Today was Breast Cancer Awareness day at the Capitol.
Lawmakers' Cheznee Egemonye reports about a new license plate that
helps fund breast cancer screening for disadvantaged women.

And, practitioners of Complementary Alternative Medicine visited the Capitol yesterday to demonstrate their techniques to . Lawmakers' Elizabeth Cowart has that story.