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February 24, 2005

Controversial legislation that opponents say would allow the State to spend taxpayer dollars in secret Stalled in the Senate today. Lawmakers David Zelski has more about House Bill 218 and the highlights of that Senate debate.

The Senate today voted to agree to House changes to Senate Bill 34, Georgia's Master Teacher and Academic Coach program.
The change was an amendment by Representative Earl Ehrhart to provide
insurance to teachers that protects them from lawsuits. That measure
raised concerns on both sides of the Capitol today as some House
members openly worried that their action in approving the measure
yesterday may lead to the State defending child molesters.

House Bill 426, the House version of a bill that would place a statewide ban on smoking
in almost all public places was heard in House Health and Human
Services committee today. A similar measure, Senate Bill 90, passed the
Senate yesterday. Lawmakers Chriss Knight has the details about the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act legislation.

Senator Sam Zamarripa today announced his legislation that would divide Fulton County in two,
creating Milton County in the North and Atlanta County in the South.
The resolution would also create consolidated city-county governments
in Sandy Springs-Milton County and Atlanta-Atlanta County.
The House Governmental Affairs Committee also took up related
legislation about the incorporation of the city of Sandy Springs.
Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has the details.

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

An inaugural breakfast marked the beginning of Hispanic Media Day at the Captiol. Senator Sam Zamarripa and Representative David Casas
held the event to praise Georgia's Hispanic media for helping foster an
environment in which Hispanics are politically informed. Lawmakers Michael Rittle has more.

Today was Disabilities Day at the Capitol. The disabled and their advocates met under the gold dome to encourage legislators to unlock the waiting list. Lawmakers Angela Von Drasek as that story.