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Legislative Day 35 - March 20, 2012

It is the 35th legislative day of the Georgia General Assembly.

Long–awaited tax reform passes the House. The extensive overhaul will tax internet purchases, services like haircuts, and casual car sales, but abolish the ad valorem tax on cars and lower some income taxes.

The 19.2 billion dollar FY 2013 budget passes the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill says the budget funds growth in education, Medicaid, and other key areas. A vote in the full senate is expected on Thursday.

Georgians receiving benefits like food stamps or welfare will have to submit to drug testing under legislation considered by a house committee today.

The state owes the federal government millions of dollars; money loaned to keep the unemployment trust fund solvent during the recent recession. Tonight we are joined live on–set by State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler and Clare Richie, Senior Policy Analyst with the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute; it's an issue that touches thousands of Georgia working families.

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.