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January 22, 2004

Senator Casey Cagle proposes legislation that could change the way public schools are funded. In an effort to relieve the tax burden of property owners, this legislation would allow more options for local school districts in generating revenue. Lawmakers Chrissy Thrasher has that story.

Yesterday, Senator Bill Stephens introduced a resolution that
seeks to amend Georgia's Constitution to effectively ban gay marriages.
Georgia's only openly gay legislator Representative Karla Drenner responds to the proposal.

Department of Community Health Commissioner Tim Burgess talks about how budget cuts will affect health coverage for Georgia's poor. Burgess' department administers the PeachCare and Medicaid programs. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has more.

Governor Sonny Perdue receives an award from Weight Watchers spokeswoman Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. The award is in recognition of the Governor's Fitness Challenge during the 2003 General Assembly session.

In his State of the State address last week, Governor Perdue spoke
of protecting media outlets from lawsuits in connection with broadcasts
of information given in Levi's Call, alerts. The Senate Judiciary Committee today met to consider Senate Bill 400, the legislation that would provide that protection. Lawmakers David Zelski has that story.

Our two-part series on military Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) concludes tonight with a trip to Augusta's Fort Gordon U.S. Army base. Gerald Bryant talks with Brigadier General Philip Browning
(retired) about what the State is doing to present the best possible
case to keep all of Georgia's 13 military installations intact.

Today marks the 31st Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that
legalized abortion in the United States. Pro-Choice and Pro-Life groups
rallied at the Capitol expressing their opposing views on this
controversial issue.

It's "Get Smart About Insurance Week" across the country and in
Georgia, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine wants consumers to become
better educated about their coverage needs and their existing policies.
Lawmakers Samantha Cheshire has that story.