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Budget Hearings - Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Wednesday, January 19th
9:25 a.m. - Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. - Department of Corrections - Brian Owens, Commissioner
10:30 a.m. - Department of Juvenile Justice - Amy Howell, Commissioner
11:00 a.m. - Department of Public Safety - Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner
11:30 a.m. - Supreme Courts - Chief Justice Carol Hunstein
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:30 p.m. - Department of Transportation - Vance Smith, Commissioner
2:30 p.m. - Department of Economic Development - Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner
3:00 p.m. - Department of Natural Resources - Mark Williams, Commissioner, DNR Allen Barnes, Director, EPD
3:45 p.m. - Georgia Ports Authority - Curtis Foltz, Executive Director
4:00 p.m. - Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission - Susan Hart Ridley, Director
4:30 p.m. - Adjourn

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