Skip to main content

February 3, 2005

The Senate Judiciary committee today gave a do-pass recommendation to Senate Bill 86. The bill, which would limit powers of eminent domain, was introduced in part to reassure the public about provisions in Senate Bill 5. Lawmakers David Zelski has more.

Gerald Bryant talks with Senator Dan Moody, author of Senate Bill 5 about public perception of that legislation.

House Speaker Glenn Richardson responded to Democrats' complaints about the budget process and spoke about Governor Sonny Perdue's amendment to allow faith-based organizations to receive taxpayer dollars to provide social services. We'll have the highlights.

A "FlexAuto lane" proposal designed to help alleviate traffic
congestion is gaining attention at the Capitol. House Bill 273 is
sponsored by Speaker Richardson, Transportation Committee Chair Vance
Smith, House Rules Chair Earl Ehrhart and Appropriations Chair Ben
Harbin, among others. The bill proposes to use emergency lanes on the
State's most congested highways during rush hour. Department of
Transportation Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl says the lanes would be
difficult and costly to create in Georgia.

House Bill 98 passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee
as amended this afternoon. The legislation is Governor Sonny Perdue's
$100 Million public-private land conservation program. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman reports.

HOPE scholarship changes passed last year are having an effect on technical school enrollment. Lawmakers Chriss Knight
talks with Department of Technical and Adult Education Commissioner
Michael Vollmer and Dr. Harold Crimm, President of Chattahoochee
Technical College about the trend.

Senator Doug Stoner of Smyrna has proposed 2 pieces of legislation that target violent video games.
Senate Bill 105 would prohibit the sale of violent video games to
children and restrict games that show graphic pain and suffering. The
companion bill, Senate Bill 106 would require all stores that rent or
sell video games to post an explanation of game ratings for parents.

Hop on Board! The Georgia Transit Authority today brought
buses from public transportation systems across the State to the
Capitol today in an effort to draw attention to the opportunities
public transit offers. A joint House-Senate Transportation Committee
met later in the afternoon to hear a presentation from Georgia Tech
professor Dr. Michael Meyer about the future of Georgia's
transportation system.

Olympic Gymnast Dominique Dawes and tennis legend Billy Jean King announced the new Go Girl Go
initiative at the Capitol today. Designed to increase the physical
activity of girls, the program is sponsored in Atlanta by The Women's
Sports Foundation and the Atlanta Women's Foundation. Lawmakers Yasmin Neal has more.

First Lady Mary Perdue today announced three civic groups that qualified as "Civic Champions for Children" for supporting Georgia's abused and neglected children. The announcement was part of her "Our Children Campaign".