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Day 13 - February 1, 2007

Gov. Sonny Perdue testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today. The Governor made the trip to discuss the federal funding shortfall in many of the nation's State Children's Health Insurance Programs (S-CHIP). The Georgia Department of Community Health says the state's PeachCare program could run out of money as soon as March.

The National Spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was at the Capitol today to drum up support for House Bill 163. HB 183 aims to legalize Payday Lending in Georgia.

Two bills from the website passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Senate Bills 1 and 34 were suggested on the site by Georgians. The website was created to give all citizens of Georgia the chance to have their voices heard by state lawmakers.

Rep. Steve Davis introduced legislation today to discontinue the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority. The bill was introduced in response to a state audit that revealed $10 million in engineering costs that were not budgeted for the Atlanta-Lovejoy Commuter Rail

The Senate Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted to give Senate Bill 5 a do pass by substitute. SB 5 would give Governor Sonny Perdue the power to not enforce a federal identification law in Georgia until the exact requirements of the legislation become known.

Today was Community Health Centers Day at the Capitol. The event is held each year to raise awareness about giving affordable healthcare to underserved and uninsured Georgians.

C-SPAN, the Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network, visited the Capitol today on its 2008 "Road to the White House" Tour. The Campaign 2008 Bus, which is a mobile production studio, stopped by the Capitol to give local students an idea of what C-SPAN is all about.

All that and more, tonight on Lawmakers.