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March 1, 2004

Crowds on both sides of the gay marriage
debate rallied at the Capitol today. The rallies were in anticipation
of a House vote to reconsider SR 595, the proposed
constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Georgia. We'll have
coverage of both rallies, as well as coverage on House debate.

Today Governor Sonny Perdue, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, and Hemisphere, Inc. announced the submission of Georgia's official bid to locate the Free Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA) Secretariat in Atlanta. The Governor and others are seeking to
promote Atlanta's candidacy and elevate the city's profile among
business and government leaders throughout the Western hemisphere.

The Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee today gave a do-pass recommendation to SR 678, a resolution that seeks to prevent lottery revenue from funding capital outlay projects. The resolution now moves to the Senate Rules Committee.

Today marks the deadline for the House and Senate to pass new district maps
after a Federal three-judge panel rejected current district maps under
the one person, one vote principle. We'll have the latest on
reapportionment efforts at the Capitol.

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday when Georgia voters head to the
polls to vote in the Presidential preference primary, as well as the
non-binding referendum on the Georgia Flag. Lawmakers' Chrissy Thrasher talked to Sen. George Hooks about what the flag vote means.

Today was Aviation Day at the Capitol. Lawmakers' Michael McCollum has more on today's events.

First Lady Mary Perdue visited schools around the area today to encourage students to read as part of the Read Across America program. Lawmakers' Chrissy Thrasher has more.