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Legislative Day 21 - 2011

After lengthy debate, the House today passed the bill that revises funding for the HOPE scholarship and the pre-K program. HB 326, which has bi-partisan support as well as support from governor Nathan Deal, will cover 90% of HOPE scholars’ tuition fees and creates a full-ride Zell Miller scholarship for students who achieve a 3.3 GPA.

The governor also wants to cut two hours per day of instruction from the pre-K program. HB 326 now moves to the Senate.

Senate leaders say final passage of the FY 2011 amended budget is close. For analysis of the budget we are joined on set by Alan Essig, Executive Director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

You can watch Prime Time Lawmakers every night the Georgia General Assembly is in session at 7 pm, and at 5:30 am the following morning.