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January 11, 2005

Today is Legislative Day 2 of the 40 day session for the Georgia General Assembly and already there are almost a hundred pieces of legislation beginning to make their way through the process.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce holds their annual Eggs and Issues breakfast where Georgia's leaders talk about priorities for the State. Lawmakers David Zelski has highlights.

Gerald Bryant talks with Senate Majority Leader Bill Stephens about his expectations for the 2005 session.

Representative Jerry Keen, the House Majority leader, speaks with Nwandi Lawson about 2005 Republican agenda.

Governor Sonny Perdue wants to allocate funding for 500 additional caseworkers
for the Department of Children and Family Services. Lawmakers takes you
inside the needs of a family in Hall County which has benefited from
its relationship with DFCS.

Legislation that would ban smoking in work places- including restaurants and bars- is currently pending before the Senate. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman talks with Senator Don Thomas, author of Senate Bill 9 and chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee about the impact of that proposal.

DFCS isn't the only Georgia department that has a casework overload.
The Board of Pardons and Paroles says they're handling over 1300 cases
a month in response to Georgia's growing parolee population. And those
parolees come from an equally overburdened prison system. Lawmakers Chriss Knight talks with Department of Corrections Commissioner James Donald and Buddy Nix, Chair of the Board of Pardons and Paroles about the future of Georgia's corrections.