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Legislative Day 36 - 2011

The Senate today passed the state’s 18 billion dollar FY 2012 budget. Notable, the Senate version of the bill adds over $23 million dollars in expense to collect revenue owed to the state-that could bring $121 million into the coffers in FY 2012. Senate appropriations chairman Jack Hill says to expect a House/Senate conference committee to decide the final contents of the spending bill that begins July 1st.

And the House today passed a bill allowing public/private partnerships for water projects in Georgia. Supporters say the measure is needed to help with Georgia’s water supply problems. Opponents say it harms private property rights.

Deer baiting has been stirring up at the Capitol lately. We are joined onset by co-sponsor of a bill to allow hunters to bait deer, Representative Al Williams, and by Department of Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner, Todd Holbrook.

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.