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January 15, 2004

Governor Sonny Perdue's faith-based initiative passes the Senate
by a vote of 40 to 14. After more than three hours of debate, none of
the proposed amendments or substitutes was adopted. The Resolution
seeks to amend the Georgia Constitution and would require a vote of
Georgia's citizens. If the measure passes the House, that vote could
come this November.

The faith-based initiative is just one of the measures Governor Perdue addressed in his State of the State address last night. We'll have some highlights and reaction from legislators and Secretary of State Cathy Cox, who delivered the Democratic Response.

The HOPE scholarship remains one of the most hotly contested issues of the session. Lawmakers David Zelski reports on the latest developments from today's Joint Study Commission meeting.

Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson joins Gerald Bryant to talk about the Governor's speech, today's Senate vote and other issues.

Speaker Pro Tempore DuBose Porter talks with Nwandi Lawson
about the HOPE scholarship, the State's bonded indebtedness and other
issues raised by the Governor's State of the State address.

The District Attorney's Association of Georgia held a press conference at the Capitol today to endorse Senate Bill 27, legislation that would establish equal jury strikes. Lawmakers Chrissy Thrasher has more.

Governor Perdue today swore in the leadership of Georgia's transportation agencies. Jim Davis was sworn in as the Commissioner of Department of Motor Vehicle Safety, Doug Hooker will lead the State Road and Tollway Authority as Executive Director, Harold Linnenkohl took the oath to become the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation and Steve Stancil is the Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.