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Day 33 - March 16, 2006

The Senate will not honor actress/activist Jane Fonda with a resolution. The controversy started yesterday when Senator Steen Miles offered such a measure. It was passed by unanimous consent meaning there was no formal vote. Today Senator John Douglas asked for a vote of reconsideration.

A resolution was introduced in the House today, creating an annual Corretta Scott King Day. Representative Roberta Abdul-Salaam, who was a personal friend to Mrs. King, encouraged other representatives to sign onto House Resolution 1959.

The House today agreed to a Senate measure, extending the number of days the Public Service Commission has to decide a utility rate case. Representative Don Wix presented the measure. The House passed Senate Bill 209 without opposition. An amendment to change the PSC's filing time from 90 days to 60 days means the bill goes back to the Senate.

A bill protecting Georgia school children from internet pornography passed the Senate today. Senator John Bulloch spoke on House Bill 1055 before it passed 45 to zero.

The House today approved changes to the State Employee Benefit Program. Representative Barry Loudermilk said that Senate Bill 472 would make it easier for state agencies to offer merit bonuses. SB 472 passed 140 to one.

A bill that would punish toll violators is one step closer to the Governor's desk. The Senate Transportation Committee favorably reported House Bill 1190 at the beginning of the month, but it was referred back to committee last week.