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February 28, 2003

Governor Sonny Perdue wants to take Attorney General Thurbert Baker
to court. Perdue's attorneys have informed the United States Supreme
Court today that the Governor has asked the Attorney General to drop
the redistricting appeal currently pending before the nation's highest
court, and of Attorney General Baker's refusal to do so. The State of
Georgia and the Governor have also filed for an order from the Superior
Court of Fulton County to compel the Attorney General to dismiss the
appeal of Georgia v. Ashcroft. We'll have the details and Baker's

An exclusive, in-depth interview with Speaker of the House Terry Coleman.
Join Susan Hoffman as she discusses the budget, redistricting,
predatory lending, education, indigent defense and abortion rights with
Speaker Coleman.

Governor Perdue made himself available to the press this morning to talk about a variety of topics, including his reaction to the budget proposal drafted by Senate Republicans, his recent conversation with former President Jimmy Carter about the flag referendum and where he stands on education reform. Lawmakers David Zelski reports.

The "Woman's Right to Know Act" gets final approval from the Senate today- and without Senator Carol Jackson's amendment to exempt certain women from the 24 hour waiting period. Jackson's amendment, which would have excluded the victims of rape, incest, domestic violence or pregnant women who are mentally ill or disabled, was removed from the measure before it received final passage. We'll have the highlights of that impassioned debate.

A House Banks and Banking committee substitute of Senate Bill 53,
the proposed revisions to the Georgia Fair Lending Act, nears debate by
the full House. Correspondent Nwandi Lawson brings us the latest on
that legislation and the opposition to it's passage.

Senate Appropriations committee members continued their discussion
of the Amended Fiscal Year 2003 Budget yesterday. The committee invited
the heads of State agencies to testify as to the effects of an
additional $91 million in cuts proposed in a budget draft prepared by
Senate Republicans. Tonight, we have the highlights of that testimony.

First Lady Mary Perdue spoke to the Georgia Organization of
School-based Speech- Language Pathologists today. She has some
suggestions about how the State's speech pathology programs can be

The Civil Law Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary held their third and final public hearing on Senate Bill 133. Subcommittee Chair Chuck Clay says to expect a committee substitute to that tort reform legislation in full Judiciary committee next week. We'll have the highlights of this week's testimony.

And today was Africa Day at the Capitol. Lawmakers Cheznee Egemonye has more.