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March 9, 2004

Today the Georgia Senate approved SR 786, a measure that urges local governments to display the 10 Commandments
as a religious document. Those opposed to the resolution say it is a
political ploy and a scorecard issue. We'll have highlights from the

Today the House voted not to engross HR 1470, the House version of the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. A vote to engross would have made the resolution immune to any changes.

Members of Georgia Equality, Aids Survival Project and other
organizations say legislators may be spending too much time debating
legislation that would ban same-sex marriages in Georgia. Lawmakers' Chrissy Thrasher has that story.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has joined opponents of a
Georgia ban on same-sex marriages. Franklin and 40 other women,
including Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard, who is openly
gay, gathered at the Capitol yesterday to voice their opposition to a
proposed constitutional amendment that would recognize only a union
between a man and a woman.

Governor Sonny Perdue spoke to members of the Georgia School
Boards Association yesterday, urging them to talk to House Education
Committee members about passing his education reform package. Lawmakers' David Zelski has that story.

The House today agreed to allow counties to use money collected in a Special Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST, for sewer projects.
Unlike HB 709, a bill that specifically targets the city of Atlanta, HB
1612 would require Fulton County to allow voters to decide whether to
adopt the SPLOST.

Today the House Higher Education Committee discussed HB 1325, a bill aimed at preserving the HOPE Scholarship. Lawmakers' Jesse Freeman has the details from today's committee meeting.

The Senate approved SB 297 today. The bill strengthens penalties for fleeing a police officer and for impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Today the House voted to exempt the builders of Atlanta's new arts center from sales taxes. HB 1511 allows for tax-free purchases of building materials for the project between January 2005 and January 2009.

Today at the Capitol Governor Perdue proclaimed March as Red Cross Month. Lawmakers' Michael McCollum has more.