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January 20, 2004

Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor joins
Gerald Bryant and Nwandi Lawson for an exclusive, in-depth interview
about his priorities for the 2004 session. Among the topics discussed
are the HOPE scholarship, lower class sizes in kindergarten through
third grade, Governor Perdue's faith-based funding amendment, enacting
a child endangerment felony law, passing ethics reform and working with
the leadership of the House of Representatives.

Lieutenant Governor Taylor's is just one of the plans to maintain the HOPE scholarship that have been discussed since the session began. Lawmakers David Zelski
reviews the proposals of Governor Perdue, Lieutenant Governor Taylor,
the Democratic House Majority and a bipartisan Joint House-Senate Study

In his State of the State address Governor Sonny Perdue proposed funding $2 million of a $45 million nanotechnology project at Georgia Tech. Lawmakers Chrissy Thrasher talks with Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough about nanotechnology and it's place in Georgia's future.

The nanotechnology research center at Georgia Tech is part of a larger initiative that Governor Perdue is calling "Georgia Works". The $1 billion bond package is for capital improvements and infrastructure investment. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has more.

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher delivered
his State of the Judiciary speech on Friday, January 16. He stressed
the importance of funding the statewide Indigent Defense system that
the legislature created last year.

Governor Perdue today swore in several new members of Georgia's leadership:

Carol Couch, Director, Georgia Environmental Protection Division

Joseph Doyle, Director, Office of Consumer Affairs

Gordon Joyner, Executive Director and Administrator, Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity

Donnie Smith, Executive Director, Georgia Tobacco Community Development Board

Tom Wade, Executive Director, Georgia Technology Authority

Susan Weiner, Executive Director, Georgia Council for the Arts