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January 21, 2004

Senator Bill Stephens proposes a constitutional amendment that would recognize legal marriages in Georgia only between a man and a woman.
Georgia law currently bans same sex marriage but Stephens says state
law is subject to judicial interpretation and the constitution is not.

Governor Sonny Perdue travels the State to highlight homeland security. Lawmakers David Zelski was there as the Governor visited the Gordon County Fire Headquarters in Calhoun, GA. is the website and the name for Governor Perdue's new education initiatives. Lawmakers Chrissy Thrasher
looks at the programs outlined in the Governor's State of the State
address last week, and what we can expect from the proposals.

Also in his State of the State address last week, Governor Perdue stressed the importance of Georgia's military bases.
Tonight, we bring you the first in a two-part series on the Base
Realignment and Closing (BRAC) project and what impact it could have in

Department of Transportation Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl
says that Governor Perdue's billion dollar bond proposal for Georgia's
infrastructure is a good start but more funding is needed to keep pace
with Georgia's growth. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has more.

And we'll have highlights of the Joint Budget Hearings testimony thus far, including:

Mercer University President Dr. Kirby Godsey makes the case for restoring funds to the Middle Georgia medical school.

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond talks about what his department can do for displaced Brown and Williamson workers in Macon.

The Director of the Georgia Public Defense Standards Council Michael Mears describes the efforts of the State to revamp it's indigent defense system.

Attorney General Thurbert Baker voices his concerns about a
cut to his personnel budget of nearly $1.8 million. Baker says the Law
Department is already understaffed.

Hank Thomassen, the Governor's Economic Advisor, started the
week's budget briefings by telling legislators that job creation, wages
and individual taxes are up- but he says that Georgia's corporate tax
collections are not keeping pace with the rest of the country.