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Legislative Day 5 - January 13, 2012

Today is the 5th Legislative Day of the Georgia General Assembly. It was a busy day under the ‘Gold Dome’.

The House and Senate Democrats announced their support of the Federal Healthcare Reform Law. The law is currently being challenged in the U.S. Supreme court by more than 20 states. Gov. Nathan Deal said he's waiting to see the outcome of the court challenge before Georgia implements portions of the law.

Gov. Deal's office responds to criticism from Tea Party patriots who want to repeal the Transportation Sales Tax. The Governor feels the T-SPLOST is the fairest way to decide how to spend money on regional transportation projects. It is set to go on the ballot in Georgia this summer.

The Houses gives final passage to legislation allowing the Department of Public Safety to dispose of surplus vehicles. The bill passed the house unanimously and now goes to the Governor.

Buddy Darden and Bill Crane, two legislative experts, stopped by the set for an in–depth analysis of this week’s topics.

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.