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March 2, 2005

The controversial House Bill 218 is making headlines again
today. Opponents say the measure would allow the State to spend
taxpayer dollars in secret. Proponents say the bill would protect
private negotiations between the State and industry. Democrat leaders
held a press conference this morning to object to the legislation. Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson met with newspaper publishers this afternoon to try and convince them that the bill is well intentioned. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has that story.

Governor Sonny Perdue's ethics legislation was in House Committee this afternoon. Lawmakers Chriss Knight has the latest.

House Minority Leader Jerry Keen and Appropriations Chair Ben Harbin
held a press conference today to talk about progress on the fiscal year
2006 budget and changes to the Governor's ethics legislation.

Legislation designed to help combat Georgia's illegal methamphetamine production problem passed out of House Committee this afternoon. Lawmakers David Zelski has more about House Bill 19 and House Bill 216.

The House today passed their version of Senate Bill 125, the Governor's tourism marketing initiative. The bill heads back to the Senate because of House changes.

A coalition of advocacy groups against domestic violence and state officials gathered at the Capitol today for Stop Violence Against Women Day at the Capitol. Attorney General Thurbert Baker launched a new Georgia corporate violence initiative at today's event.

Governor Sonny Perdue participated in Read Across America Day
today at Mail Elementary School in Rome. The event conincides every
year with the birthday of Dr. Seuss- this would have been Dr. Seuss'
101st holiday.