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February 24, 2004

U.S. Senator John Edwards visits the Capitol. Today Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. John Edwards visited Georgia legislators and earned an endorsement from House Speaker Terry Coleman. Lawmakers' Jesse Freeman reports on Sen. Edwards' visit.

During his visit, Senator Edwards was asked about his stance on gay marriage.
He said that although he does not support gay marriage he does not
support Constitutional amendments to ban the practice. His statement
comes after President George Bush's announcement to pursue an amendment
to the United States Constitution banning same-sex marriage.

Sen. Tom Price held a press conference at the Capitol today
to let Senator John Edwards know that he supports President George W.
Bush and the President's version of tort reform.

Lawmakers' David Zelski talks with Department of Community Health Commissioner Tim Burgess.
Commissioner Burgess says that DCH may have to repay $50 million to the
U.S. Government obtained through a Medicaid Financing scheme not yet
approved by the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Today the Georgia House disagreed to Senate changes to SB 157, a bill aimed at reforming the payday loan industry in Georgia. The bill now goes to a conference committee.

The Senate Reapportionment Committee today approved a resolution aimed at amending the State's constitution to ban of the use ofmulti-member districts. Lawmakers' Chrissy Thrasher has more.

Today the Georgia Senate approved SB 506, a bill that would regulate the installation of TVs and DVD players in cars. The bill requires that the video devices be installed out of the driver's line of sight.

The Legislative Fitness Challenge is in its sixth week, and
the House of Representatives is leading the way. Lawmakers' Angelena
Washington has an update on the progress of the fitness challenge.

Today was Family Connection Day at the Capitol. Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor spoke to the group to express his support for their work. Lawmakers' Kristy Moran has more.