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February 12, 2003

Today Governor Sonny Perdue announced that he wants a non-binding referendum on the State's flag
in the March 2004 Presidential Primary. The ballot would first ask
voters if legislators should change the flag and then whether they
prefer the previous flag with the Confederate battle emblem or an
earlier version. We'll have the details on Governor Perdue's statement,
as well as reactions from legislators and demonstrators.

Predatory Lending. Legislation to amend the provisions of the
Georgia Fair Lending Act was passed by the Senate today. Senate Bill
53, favored by Senators Don Cheeks and Vincent Fort, would provide the
necessary changes required by securities rating firms. The House passed
their version of the bill, House Bill 142, on Monday.

Senator Jeff Mullis plans to introduce legislation tomorrow
that would toughen Georgia's arson penalties for illegal drug
manufacturers. State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and firefighters from around the state were at the Capitol today in support of the legislation.

Leadership interviews continue as Gerald Bryant talks with Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh about the 2003 Legislative Session.

Today was Foster Youth Day at the Capitol. The Court Appointed Special Advocates, also known as CASA,
hosted the event. CASA encouraged their members to urge their
legislators to increase funding for foster care and specifically,
Medicaid for children in the foster care system. Lawmakers Cheznee
Egemonye has more.

The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed Senate Bill 102, the Indigent Defense Act. Senator Chuck Clay, sponsor of the bill, explains what the bill hopes to achieve.

The House Public Utilities and Telecommunications Committee
today sent two pieces of consumer legislation to subcommittee for
further study. We'll have the details about House Bill 311 and House
Bill 50.

It was Georgia Day at the Capitol today. General James
Oglethorpe founded Georgia as a colony on this day in 1733. Georgia
Military College was on hand to help celebrate, Lawmakers Jesse Freeman
has more.

And, the much anticipated highlights of the House/Senate Allstars vs. Harlem Globetrotter Legends.