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February 2, 2005

The House Ethics committee today
began their hearings on House Bill 49, Governor Sonny Perdue's Ethics
legislation. Democrats have introduced their own Ethics provisions in
House Bills 46 and 47. Representative Rich Golick, the Governor's Floor Leader and Democrat Representative Mary Margaret Oliver both spoke to House Bill 49.

House and Senate Democrats gathered this afternoon to
announce listening tours across the State to talk to constituents about
the budget. They also denounced lack of funds in the State's reserves.
Lawmakers David Zelski has more.

The Senate Transportation Committee gave a do-pass recommendation to Senate Bill 4
by committee substitute today. The legislation is designed to take
Congressional districts out of the equation for distribution of federal transportation dollars used to build and maintain interstates. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has that story.

Today was Tourism Day at the Capitol. The Georgia
Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus held activities all day
to promote the importance of tourism to the State's economy. The also
announced the upcoming Dodge Tour de Georgia bicycle race. Lawmakers Chriss Knight has the details.

Gerald Bryant talks with Tom Crawford , National Editor of Capitol for our weekly Wednesday update about the goings-on under the gold dome.

The Senate Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee heard 2
bills this afternoon. Senate Bill 58, which aims to reduce street gang
violence and terrorism The committee referred Senate Bill 64, which
would enforce the requirement that law enforcement vehicles have
top-mounted flashing lights, tom subcommittee for further review.

The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia held their 18th annual legislative breakfast this morning. The subject of today's event was the future of healthcare in Georgia, including proposed changes to the State's Medicaid program. Lawmakers Angela Von Drasek has the highlights.

The Georgia Agribusiness Council held their legislative
breakfast this morning. Governor Sonny Perdue, who spoke about the
importance of agriculture to the State's economy, addressed the group.
Lawmakers Michael Rittle has that story.

The Senate today honored one of their own. Special resolutions in honor of former State Senator Hugh Gillis
of Soperton were the order of business, as well as many kind remarks.
Senator Gillis served in the Georgia State Senate for almost 56 years,
he retired last year.

All that and more tonight on Lawmakers.