David Zelski sat down today to talk with Senate Majority Leader Tommie Williams. When asked if the end of session was in sight, Sen. Williams said, "We're still in a waiting mode on the Senate side."
House Speaker Glenn Richardson said today that he wants the budget issue resolved by April 20, the day he wants the legislature to sine die. This year's session has been characterized by the infighting of the House and Senate over the 2007 Supplemental Budget and the 2008 Budget.
Zelski also spoke with Democratic Senator Doug Stoner on the possibility of 2007 being the longest session on record.
The House passed a resolution today urging Turkey to grant international recognition to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Bartholomew is the patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church, which is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. The Clerk of the House will transmit House Resolution 415 to the President of the United States and other international dignitaries.
The Senate passed 11 house bills today, including the 2007 Supplemental Budget. Other legislation passed was House Resolution 102, which is part of the Innocence Project, which compensates people who have served time for crimes they did not commit.
The House recognized several basketball teams today, including the men's and women's teams from Clayton State University, which appeared in the NCAA Division Two Finals. The Hawkinsville High School Girls Red Devils basketball team was also honored as State Champions this year.
The state representative known as "Mr. Agriculture" has died at age 87. Henry Reeves served in the House for 38 years, and was recognized today.
All that and more, tonight on Lawmakers.