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Day 5- January 13, 2006

Tonight we take a look back at the first week of the Georgia General Assembly. From a new Voter ID bill passing the House to Governor Perdue's State of the State address, week one of the 2006 session was eventful. Lawmakers' David Zelski has a summary of the highlights.

Today marked the 21st Capitol celebration of the birthday of Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event featured music by the Spelman College Glee Club and presentations by former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts, Dr. King's longtime aide Xernona Clayton and members of the King Family. Legislators also shared their reflections of the legacy of Dr. King.

In addition to being the official federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday, January 16th is also Religious Freedom Day in Georgia. Senator Judson Hill spoke from the well today to explain why he believes this day is so important.

Governor Sonny Perdue formally opens the newest Department of
Drivers' Services office at 445 Capitol Avenue. The office is the only
DDS branch in downtown Atlanta. Lawmakers' Jesse Freeman has the story.

Today the House passed a bill that would create a committee to set the standard for capitol art acquisitions, commissions and projects.

Governor Sonny Perdue joined US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and the Chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at a summit to plan for a potential pandemic, as might be caused by an outbreak of Bird Flu. Leavitt commended Georgia for being one of the best prepared states in the nation to deal with such a disaster. He also announced that Georgia will receive $2.6 million in pandemic relief funds.

All that and more tonight on Lawmakers.