It is the 40th legislative day of the Georgia House and Senate are on a dinner break right now, but will return before 8 o'clock as the final hours of the 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly tick away. Sine Die must happen before midnight tonight.
Coming up on tonight's program, final passage comes to Criminal Justice Reform, as the House agrees to the Senate's changes. The bill is one of Governor Nathan Deal's priorities, and seeks to address Georgia’s ballooning prison population.
As the end of the 2012 session approaches, the fate of Juvenile Justice Reform, remains undecided. Concerns over the unknown costs of the legislation appear to have stalled the process.
And final passage of the Charter Schools enabling legislation.
That's the bill that controls how State–Sponsored Charter Schools will be funded if they are approved by voters in November.
And late–breaking news this evening, House speaker David Ralston announced just a little while that he's appointing a Conference Committee to work out differences with the Senate over that controversial abortion bill. Many thought the bill dead as of Tuesday just two days ago.
It's the end of the legislative week, and the end of the session. It's only fitting and proper that we are joined onset tonight by Buddy Darden, a former State Legislator and Congressman, and Bill Crane, Political Analyst with CSI Crane. Get ready for legislative insight...and a pretty good time!
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.