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Day 4- January 12, 2006

The House passed a new version of the Voter ID bill today. Supporters of Senate Bill 84
believe the judge who deemed parts of last year's Voter ID legislation
unconstitutional will find this version acceptable. Lawmakers' David Zelski examines the difference between this year's and last year's bill.

Senator Judson Hill wants to make it harder for the legislature to raise taxes. Today he filed a bill that requires a two-thirds majority in both Houses to approve a tax increase. If passed, the Hill legislation would be on the ballot in November as a Constitutional Amendment.

The State Senate today voted to split Clarke County into two Senatorial Districts. Senator Ralph Hudgens, sponsor of the bill, said it would give Athens-Clarke County more equitable representation in the General Assembly. Senate Democrats said Republicans only intend to make it harder for a Democrat to win Senate District 46.

A day after Governor Sonny Perdue's fourth State of the State Address lawmakers react to the initiatives Perdue laid out. Important issues include education funding, eminent domain, child-protection legislation and investing in technology. The issues many capitol observers expected to hear about, but were conspicuously absent, include the HOPE chest and Faith-based funding initiatives. Lawmakers' Jesse Freeman reports.

Governor Sonny Perdue wants to eliminate half the sales tax
on heating gas collected during the Winter months. Yesterday, the House
approved a measure that would do just that. We'll have highlights from
the floor discussion.

Today The Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee listened to complaints about Georgia's VA Hospitals from members of The American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars. They reported encountering six month waiting lists, enormous medical bills and rude employees.
Representatives of Georgia's congressional delegation assured veterans
that they would try to secure more money to expand Georgia's VA

Senator Greg Goggans introduced legislation today that
establishes a registry for parents and schools to register children's
email addresses in order to protect them from inappropriate content. Senate Bill 425, called The Georgia Child, Family and School Communication Protection Act, has bipartisan support. In fact, all 56 Senators have signed on to the bill.

Senator Jeff Mullis asked for a moment of silence in the Senate today to honor four fliers who died in a Navy jet crash in Walker County. The Navy T-39 Sabreliner was flying from Chattanooga to Pensacola.

All that and more tonight on Lawmakers.