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Legislative Day 22 - February 21, 2012

It is the 22nd legislative day of the Georgia General Assembly.

We see a glimpse at how State Charter Schools will be funded as legislation gets a hearing before the House Education Committee. House leadership says the hearing is intended to set legislators' minds at ease before the constitutional amendment comes up for a vote in the House tomorrow.

Want to be a nurse or a barber? You need a license from the Secretary of State. Under legislation heard in Senate committee today, big changes could be coming to the way professional licenses are handled.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passes the FY 2012 Supplemental Budget. The newest version of the bill includes $40 million in reduced spending.

Parents and B–average students in Georgia have been depending on the HOPE scholarship for a free college education for almost two decades. Funding problems and recent changes mean that college costs a little more these days.

We are joined onset by Senator Buddy Carter, Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, and Senator Jason Carter, Co–Sponsor of several HOPE–related bills. If you've got kids going off to college in Georgia, you'll want to hear this

We are joined by Walter Jones of Morris News Service and Kristina Torres of the AJC. They'll help put everything into perspective.

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 5:30 am.