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Legislative Day 4 - January 12, 2012

Today is the fourth Legislative Day of the Georgia General Assembly. A Tea Party rally starts at the Capitol that calls for a stronger ethics reform in the state government. The group pushed for more stringent rules governing lobbyists’ gifts to legislators. House Speaker David Ralston has been an advocate for the ethics reform but says he does not support a gift limit.

The 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ceremony was held at the Capitol. State and local leaders spoke on Dr. King's continuing legacy. The ceremony honored the life of the Civil Rights leader with speeches by King family members and Civil Rights notables who knew Dr. King. Governor Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston also spoke at the ceremony.

The Chairmen of the House and Senate Higher Education Committees, Senator Buddy Carter and Representative Carl Rogers joined our interview session to discuss the HOPE Scholarship and college campus consolidation.

You can watch Prime Time Lawmakers every night the Georgia General Assembly is in session at 7p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting. The program re-airs the next morning at 5:30a.m.