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February 23, 2004

Today members of Georgia Equality, clergymen, and other people of faith expressed their opposition to SR 595,
which would ban same-sex marriages in Georgia, as well as other
legislation they say is harmful to the gay and lesbian community.
Lawmakers' Chrissy Thrasher has more.

Rep. Glenn Richardson took the well in the Georgia House
today to remark on his stay at Grady Hospital after a car accident last
Friday. He said all of the doctors he talked to wanted the legislature
to support tort reform measures to cap awards for pain and suffering.
Richardson's remarks sparked an impromptu debate on Tort Reform. We'll have more on today's comments.

Sen. Liane Levetan and Georgians for Better Transportation President Mike Kenn held a press conference today to promote legislation that would strengthen the state's Steer It and Clear It Law and create public awareness through the media. Lawmakers' David Zelski reports.

The Georgia Senate today approved SR 578. The resolution encourages Georgia schools to serve healthy food and devote more time to physical education.

Sen. Bill Stephens said today it is imperative to act on legislation in the next few weeks to restructure the HOPE Scholarship.
Stephens said even though lottery sales are up, they are still not
keeping pace with the growing numbers of students receiving the

This morning Sen. Joey Brush presented SB 131, which would legalize certain types of fireworks in Georgia, to the Senate Economic Development committee. The bill failed to pass but "sparked" lively debate. Lawmakers' Jesse Freeman has more.

Today the House approved HB 1185, which would require law enforcement to have probable cause when searching lake boats.
The bill curbs the powers of rangers from the Department of Natural
Resources. House members approved the bill by a vote of 162-2. We'll
have highlights from the debate.

House Majority Leader Jimmy Skipper spoke out today about
showing respect to fellow legislators. The speech comes in reaction to
some heated partisan exchanges between the House and Senate last week.