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January 13, 2004

Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor has his own plans to save the HOPE scholarship,
which maintains all of the current promises to the students receiving
the scholarship. He shared his plans at the Georgia Chamber of
Commerce's annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast. Lawmakers David Zelski has more about the Lieutenant Governor's plans and other legislators' ideas.

The Eggs & Issues Breakfast is a time for State leaders to share
their legislative agendas with Georgia's business community. Governor Sonny Perdue
gave a preview of the agenda he plans to outline in his State of the
State address tomorrow night, talking about his plans for the
Department of Family and Children's Services, the Greenspace program
and his new Georgia Learns education initiative. Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson
used his time at the podium to emphasize his legislation that would
allow the City of Atlanta to adopt a 1% sales tax to fund their sewer
improvements and to talk about Senator Ross Tolleson's business
deregulation legislation. He also talked about Civil Justice reform and
backed the Governor's plan to link SAT scores to HOPE scholarship

Senate Majority Leader Bill Stephens and House Majority Leader Jimmy Skipper
join Lawmakers tonight to talk about the major issues of the 2004
session. Among the topics discussed: the HOPE scholarship, teacher pay
raises and child endangerment legislation.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin visited the Capitol today to
express her thanks for the cooperation that the legislature has shown
toward the city in their sewer crisis. We'll have the highlights of her
visit to the House chamber.

Legislation protecting municipalities' rights to display historical documents, including the Ten Commandments, will soon be introduced in the House. Lawmakers Chrissy Thrasher has more on this potentially controversial issue.

State School Superintendent Kathy Cox spoke to the Senate
Education Committee today about the Adequate Yearly Progress of
Georgia's schools and meeting the federal requirements of No Child Left
Behind. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has more.

Senate Minority Leader Michael Meyer von Bremen charges that
the Governor's faith-based initiative is like a runway train that is
being fast-tracked through the legislature. He says that Senators
should have more time to consult their constituents about the
legislation that would allow State tax dollars to fund social
programming provided by faith-based organizations. The Governor's Floor
Leader, Senator Dan Lee countered that there is no legislation
that is being fast-tracked and that if von Bremen feels that way, he
shouldn't have voted the bill out of Senate Rules Committee yesterday.
We'll have the highlights of that floor debate.

The legislature today recognized several hometown heroes from Heritage High School in Rockdale County. The students' intervened when a teacher was attacked by her ex-husband.