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Day 24 - February 22, 2007

A bill that will allow payday lending in Georgia passed its committee today. Payday lending is currently outlawed in Georgia. Advocates say payday lending is a valuable resource for consumers, while detractors say the practices of payday lenders are unfair. House Bill 163 passed the House Banks and Banking Committee and moves to Senate Rules.

Some legislators are trying to repeal a law that currently allows traffic light cameras in Georgia. House Bill 77 will ban the use of traffic light cameras. Lawmakers' Sandra Parrish talks with Dan Flynn, Chief of Police for the City of Marietta.

Governor Sonny Perdue today set the date for the special election to fill the vacancy in Georiga's 10th Congressional District. The election will be held June 19th. The vacancy was caused by the death last week of Congressman Charlie Norwood.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson visited both the House and Senate today. He discussed issues from borders to biofuel and commended the Georgia General Assembly for their hard work.

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle's Peachcare Taskforce was to submit its report today. Peachcare is Georgia's childrens insurance program, and is facing a serious funding shortfall. The findings of the report will be released tomorrow.

The Senate voted today to crack down on people who abandon their boats. Senate President Pro-Tem Eric Johnson sponsors Senate Bill 27, which aims to discourage owners from abandoning their vessels in Georgia's coastal waters. SB 27 will revoke the abandoned crafts' owners' registration and fishing license until the abandoned vessels are removed. The bill passed unanimously.

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 114, which will make people who have committed certain crimes to wait a defined period before they can reapply for a real estate license in Georgia. The Senate passed SB 114, and it moves to the House.

Later on, the Senate passed Senate Bill 120, which requires all state agencies to acquire property through the . SB 120 now moves to the House.

Lawmakers co-anchors David Zelski and Nwandi Lawson sat down today with's Tom Crawford. Tom gave us his perspective on this week at the Capitol.

All that and more, tonight on Lawmakers.