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Legislative Day 38 - March 26, 2012

This is the 38th Legislative Day of the Georgia General Assembly.

Tonight, the Georgia State Senate remains in session at this hour.

The bill to limit abortions after 20 weeks – the point where bill supporters say fetuses can feel pain (or passes the senate). If passed, changes will now have to be worked out with the House.
Current state law allows abortions through 26 weeks.

Final passage of the state's 19.2 billion dollar 2013 Budget is near. The compromise bill includes millions more dollars for technical colleges and universities. Members of the Conference Committee say the final version will be up for votes in both chambers tomorrow.

More action on state charter schools today, as the Senate considers legislation establishing funding mechanisms for the schools. The bill includes a provision that local public school funds will not be redirected to fund charter schools. The General Assembly has already granted final passage to the constitutional amendment to allow state charter schools, which will appear on ballots in November.

Tax reform has been a long time coming to Georgia. The comprehensive measure that lowers some income taxes, repeals the sales and ad valorem tax on new cars and imposes an internet sales tax achieved final passage last week.

We are joined onset by Dr. Roger Tutterow, economics professor at Mercer University and a member of the Special Council on Tax Reform. These are big changes to the tax code that affect each family and business in the state. You'll want to hear this.

For our reporter roundtable we tap our stable of the best political journalists in the state. Tonight, we are joined by Walter Jones, bureau chief for Morris News Service.

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.