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March 17, 2005

Last week's quadruple murder that began at the Fulton County Courthouse has brought the security of state and local government buildings
into question. The Senate Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee
yesterday held hearings about future courthouse security. Lawmakers David Zelski reports.

The Senate today approved a resolution calling for support of the Ten Commandments
as Constitutional acknowledgement of God. Senate Resolution 326, which
does not carry the force of law, also encourages the public display of
the Ten Commandments. Also adopted was a resolution urging Georgia's
United States Senators to support President George Bush's nominees to
the U.S. Supreme Court. That resolution, SR 303, also carries no force
of law.

The Senate Judiciary Committee met today to discuss several bills. Among those are House Bill 170, the Criminal Justice Act of 2005 and House Bill 221, a controversial child support measure. Lawmakers Jesse Freeman has the highlights.

The Senate today passed a House measure that would allow private clubs to deny spousal benefits to same-sex partners.
House Bill 67 was drafted in defense of the Druid Hills Golf Club which
denied a member's domestic partner the benefits that would normally be
accorded a spouse. Lawmakers Chriss Knight has that story.

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

There were fireworks in the House today over a bill that would legalize the sale of sparklers in Georgia. Senate Bill 133 did not pass and is likely to be reconsidered at some point in the future. We'll have the highlights of that debate.

The degree to which your automobile windows may be tinted
when you are driving in Georgia may soon be limited to 32% plus or
minus 3. Current law holds that any car registered in Georgia meet that
guideline, House Bill 20 makes the law applicable to any car on
the road in the State, no matter where the vehicle is registered. The
legislation was drafted in reaction to a Georgia Supreme Court ruling
which stated that all cars traveling in Georgia must to subject to the
same standards.

The Georgia Alliance for Tobacco Prevention today spoke out about the current form of Senate Bill 90, the Smoke free Georgia Act.
A substitute passed by House committee Tuesday would exempt bars and
restaurants that exclusively serve individuals who are over the age of
18 from the statewide smoking ban.