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February 18, 2003

Today Governor Sonny Perdue unveiled his education agenda.
The Governor introduced two bills in the House. Among the topics on the
Governor's agenda: Local control of funds and reorganizing the Office
of Education Accountability. Nwandi Lawson has the details on the
Governor's plans for education in Georgia.

Legislative Pay Cuts. State Senators voted today to give
themselves a 10% pay cut. The measure passed after much debate over
further proposed cuts involving the lodging allowance for legislators
who live within 50 miles of the Capitol. We'll have the details on
today's debate.

A group of medical malpractice victims gathered at the Capitol this afternoon to protest proposed tort reform legislation. Hamilton Northcutt reports on the proposals and why some don't agree with them.

The Senate State and Local Government Operations Committee gave a do pass recommendation today to two bills that would help incorporate Sandy Springs. David Zelski has highlights of that meeting.

We continue our interviews with legislative leadership as Susan Hoffman talks with House Majority Whip Nan Orrock about her impressions of the session thus far.

Baby's Right to Know. Today the House Judiciary Subcommittee
on Civil Law met to discuss House Bill 18, or the Baby's Right to Know
Act. There was much discussion about the bill, which would require
unmarried mothers to disclose the name of a baby's father. In the end,
the subcommittee decided to hold on to the bill for further

The Senate approved Senate Bill 71 today. The bill exempts
professions such as social workers and professional counselors from
other states from Georgia's licensing requirements if they are
providing disaster relief services.

Last night the Governor and many other legislators attended the
Georgia Republican Party's President's Day Dinner. Both the Governor
and U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss spoke at the event. Amanda Fitzpatrick