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February 8, 2005

President George W. Bush has released his
budget for F-Y 2006 and there are some surprises for Georgia.
Lockheed-Martin in Marietta will be particularly affected by defense
spending cuts. Lawmakers David Zelski talks with State legislators and
leaders about their reaction to the federal budget news.

The House today passed the 2005 Supplemental Budget. We'll have the highlights of that debate. Lawmakers Nwandi Lawson spoke with Representative Ben Harbin,
the Chair of House Appropriations about the passage and some of the
most important measures included in the spending adjustment.

House Minority Leader DuBose Porter and Speaker Pro-Tem Mark Burkhalter
spoke about Congressional redistricting and the speed of the session
thus far shortly after the House adjourned today. We'll have the

The Senate Education and Youth Committee today passed the third and final piece of Governor Sonny Perdue's education legislation. Proponents say the measure would increase flexibility in spending for local school systems. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has the details.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin joined representatives of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at the Capitol today to talk about the multi-billion dollar expansion projects currently under way at the airport and remind legislators that Hartsfield-Jackson is a self-sustaining enterprise. Lawmakers Chriss Knight has that story.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill that would bans smoking in all public places including restaurants and nursing homes. Sponsors of Senate Bill 9 say that this legislation will help improve the health of all Georgians.

Members of Georgia Right to Life were at the Capitol today to urge legislators to support Senate Bill 77 and House Bill 197. Lawmakers Michael Rittle has that story.

House Bill 191 was also passed by the House today. The measure gives tax incentives to companies that incorporate in Georgia.

The Senate passed Senate Resolution 33 today. The measure approves the creation of a four-year college in Gwinnett County by the Board of Regents.

The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition held their annual
legislative breakfast and lobby day at the Capitol today. House Bill 83
is of particular interest to because it affects insurance coverage for Georgians. Lawmakers Angela Von Drasek has more.

Today was Child Abuse and Fatality Prevention Day at the Capitol. Lawmakers Sean Yancy has that story.