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February 9, 2005

The battle over Civil Justice reform, also known as Tort Reform,
continues. Today as the House Substitute to Senate Bill 3 passed the
House Rules Committee, advocates rallied in the Capitol. Georgia Watch, AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and GNESA (Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault) were among those opposed to the legislation. Lawmakers David Zelski has that story.

The House today passed House Bill 218. Proponents say the
legislation will help protect Georgia's business interests while
opponents say the bill will allow the State to spend public money in
secret. We'll have the highlights of that debate.

Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor and Senator David Adelman
announced a new initiative today that they say will help in the hunt
for cyber criminals who prey on Georgia children. The measure would
provide internet service providers (ISPs) immunity from civil action when they provide information to law enforcement about the identities of alleged sexual predators. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has more.

Lawmakers Chriss Knight checks in with the Democratic Listening Tour.
Announced last week in response to Democrats' frustrations over the
budget process, these public forums are being held throughout the
State. Today's stop was at the Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta
and included Representatives Able Mable Thomas and Nan Orrock.

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

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher delivered his last State of the Judiciary
to a special joint session of the General Assembly today. Chief Justice
Fletcher will be retiring June 30th. He stressed the importance of a nonpartisan judiciary and praised the creation of the statewide public defense system. We'll have the highlights of that address.

House Resolution 63 was also passed by the House today. The
measure encourages Georgia's Congressional delegation to support
President George Bush's Social Security Reform. The measure attracted
debate, we'll have the highlights.

A new advocacy group called Voices for Georgia's Children held their legislative breakfast and lobby day today. Lawmakers Sean Yancy has that story.