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Legislative Day 30 - March 7, 2012

It’s the 30th legislative day of the Georgia General Assembly.

It's Crossover Day, the day all bills must pass their chambers of origin to be eligible for final passage this session.

On tonight's program, passage in the House of the 19.2 billion dollar 2013 Budget – the bill that funds the operation of the state beginning in July. It's the one piece of legislation the general assembly must pass each year.

Also the House passes Charter Schools funding legislation. This follows last week's tabling of the charter schools constitutional amendment in the senate.

Two measures affecting reproductive rights are up for consideration in the Senate today.
A bill lifting an insurance requirement on religious institutions to cover contraceptives passes;
And a measure to prohibit the Georgia State Employee Insurance Plan from covering abortion is still awaiting a vote.

To help put all this crossover day action into perspective, we are joined on–set by Tom Crawford, Editor of the Georgia Report and Bill Crane, Political Analyst with CSI Crane.

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.