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February 4, 2003

Exclusive interview with Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor. Lawmakers' Hamilton Northcutt sits down with the Lieutenant Governor to discuss the budget, his legislative agenda, and more.

State House passes changes to the Georgia Fair Lending Act.
The House unanimously approved House Bill 142. However, some in the
State Senate claim these changes won't help Georgia get back in the
good graces of Standard and Poor's.

The Public Service Commission votes yes to a five million
dollar natural gas aid package which targets senior citizens and those
in extreme need? but vote 3 to 2 against a $15 million dollar refund
package that would have given $10 dollars back to every paying gas
customer. David Zelski reports on the Commission's decision and their
plans for the rest of the $29 million dollar reserve fund.

A House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health meets to
hear testimony from nursing homes, hospitals, and physicians on this
year's budget cuts. Susan Hoffman was there and has the details.

Gerald Bryant talks with Senator Bill Stephens, one of Governor Sonny Perdue's floor leaders about the Governor's education package.
Stephens says the Governor will introduce his education legislation
soon. More local control for schools and flexibility in allocating
resources are among the items you can expect to see on the agenda.

The Senate Education Committee hears testimony on a bill that
would reinstate fair dismissal for teachers and a bill that would let
local school boards set their own policies on cell phones in schools.
Nwandi Lawson was there and has the highlights.

Ethics reform. Today the Governor's first ethics reform bill
unanimously passed the Senate Ethics Committee. Senate Bill 31 is the
first of the Governor's three-part ethics reform package. We'll have
more on that bill and other ethics-related legislation.

Senator Chuck Clay says it's time to reform Georgia's Indigent Defense System.
He is the sponsor of bi-partisan legislation that hopes to head off
possible federal court mandates to fix the program. We'll have more
from Senator Clay on that effort.

Cell phones in cars. Jesse Freeman reports on House Bill 125, a bill that would limit the use of cell phones while driving.

And today was Firefighters Day at the Capitol. Amanda Fitzpatrick reports.