Day 26 – Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Notes

10:00am House Session
10:0am Senate Session
House Rules Committee



Prime Time Lawmakers

GPB News - Politics

General Assembly Day-26 RoundupGeneral Assembly Day-26 Roundup

HOPE Passes Senate - The Georgia Senate on Wednesday passed a bill dramatically overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship program. The bill is part of Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to keep lottery programs like HOPE and prekindergarten from going broke. It passed 35-20. The bill would cut scholarships for all but the state's highest-scoring students.

Feb. Tax Collections SurgeFeb. Tax Collections Surge

New revenue numbers show collections are up significantly from this time last year. The state netted $148 million more last month over February 2010. The $715,270,000 taken in is up 26%. Individual income tax collection drove the rise, more than doubling to $185 million. But state officials attribute the jump to an accounting change.

Day-25 General Assembly RoundupDay-25 General Assembly Roundup

Deal Amends Planned Pre-K Cuts - Governor Nathan Deal says an outcry from parents and teachers made him rethink his original plan for cuts to Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program. Yesterday Deal amended that plan to keep the full day for Pre-K students and expand class sizes by two students each. But he announced the school year will be trimmed from 180 days to 160 days.

Deal Changes Music Hall LeadershipDeal Changes Music Hall Leadership

Gov. Nathan Deal Monday appointed three new members to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority Monday. The three new members are: - Rose Lane Leavell, a third-generation tree farmer from Twiggs County; - Dr. Timothy Stapleton, a Macon orthopedist; and - Charley Humbard, an Atlantan who is the CEO of the Gospel Music Channel.

Utilities Move Closer To Campaign ContributionsUtilities Move Closer To Campaign Contributions

The state Senate Ethics Committee Monday unanimously approved a bill that would allow regulated utilities to contribute to political campaigns in Georgia. A coalition of ethics watchdogs said they were disappointed in the vote.

7:00P

Life Of Muhammad

The Seeker

8:00P

Life Of Muhammad

The Holy Wars

9:00P

Life Of Muhammad

The Holy Peace

10:00P

Frontline

Losing Iraq