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March 15, 2004

Legislative Day 32 is a busy one
under the gold dome. Both chambers started the day with 25 bills on
their Rules Calendars, and the debate goes on.

New District Maps. Today the new House and Senate district
maps drawn by a court-appointed special mater were released. The maps
were drawn after a three judge federal panel ruled the previous maps
violated the principle of one person, one vote.

Gerald Bryant talks with Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson and Senate Minority Leader Michael Meyer Von Bremen about the new House and Senate District Maps released today.

Lawmakers' Chrissy Thrasher has reactions from House members about the impact of new redistricting maps.

The Georgia House today approved the FY '05 Budget. We'll have details on the House's version of the $15 billion spending plan for Georgia.

The Georgia Senate today approved SB 517, Governor Perdue's ethics reform bill. Lawmakers' David Zelski has highlights from today's debate.

The Senate today approved SB 495, a bill to preempt wage and
employment benefit mandates made by local governments. The bill comes
in reaction to a move by the city of Atlanta to up the city's minimum
wage to anywhere between $10 and $12.

Today marks the beginning of National Agriculture Awareness Week.
Agriculture groups from across the state held an education rally
outside the Capitol today. Governor Sonny Perdue took the opportunity
to announce some of his initiatives in the field of agriculture.
Lawmakers' Jesse Freeman has more.

The Senate today approved SB 460, a bill that would allow
businesses and homeowners to get rid of grass and trees that keep
pollution out of streams. Under current law, streams must be protected
with a minimum 25-foot buffer.

Today was Boy Scout Day at the Capitol. Boy Scouts came to tour the Capitol and participate in special activities. Lawmakers' Samantha Cheshire has more.