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Day 35 - April 11, 2007

Sen. Chip Rogers took a point of personal privilege this morning to commend the conference committee and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for their decision to give $142 million back to Georgia property owners. This refund will average out to approximately $100 per property owner.

Middle Georgia Congressman Jim Marshall visited the State Senate and House today to laud the General Assembly for maintaining an $81 million bridge loan to continue funding the PeachCare for Kids insurance program. Marshall also encouraged the General Assembly to protect the state's military bases and the industry that develops around them.

A bill proposing that a portrait of Coretta Scott King be placed beside her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, at the State Capitol failed to pass the House Special Rules Committee again this morning. Bill sponsor, Rep. Abdul-Salaam said her fight to get the portrait hung did not end today.

A bill that would replace local television franchising rules with a statewide system passed the Senate today with a 52 - 2 vote. House Bill 227 would allow television service to be provided in non-traditional fashions, such as over phone lines, and now goes back to the House.

The Senate unanimously passed legislation today that aims to put checks and balances into Georgia's foster care system. House Bill 153 passed by substitute and now goes back to the House.

The Senate passed a House bill today which aims to give more stability and uniformity to Georgia's Court Appointed Special Advocates program, CASA. House Bill 270 passed 52 - 0 and now goes back to the House.

All that and more, tonight on Lawmakers.