Day 22 – Tuesday, February 21, 2012


House Session 10:00am
Senate Session 10:00am

GPB News - Politics

Venezuelans In Georgia Burn BallotsVenezuelans In Georgia Burn Ballots

In what’s poised to be one of Venezuela’s most heated elections in history, a young governor named Henrique Capriles will go up against the ailing President Hugo Chavez in October.

VIDEO: Tea Party Groups Unite At State Capitol VIDEO: Tea Party Groups Unite At State Capitol

Lawmakers hosted Georgia Tea Party Day at the state capitol Wednesday. Three years to the day the party was founded Georgia Tea Party members say the party has evolved from rallies and protests to influencing policy and legislation. Nolen Cox is with the Valdosta Tea Party. He reflects on the parties start three years ago.

Senator Proposes New Water Bill Senator Proposes New Water Bill

State senators are considering a bill aimed at capturing water in Georgia before it reaches Tennessee. Chickamauga Republican Jeff Mullis says his bill would clarify the legality of proposed new reservoirs on north Georgia creeks and rivers. The Georgia Water Coalition’s Joe Cook says before state officials spend billions on reservoirs they should conserve water first.

House Tweaks Assisted Suicide BillHouse Tweaks Assisted Suicide Bill

The state House of Representatives proposed a change Tuesday to Georgia's assisted suicide law. The new bill seeks felony punishment for anyone who knowingly and willfully assists someone in taking their life. This is different from the state's previous law which only punished those who offered to help someone commit suicide.

Charter School Bill Passes HouseCharter School Bill Passes House

The state House narrowly passed a bill Wednesday that would allow Georgians to vote on whether the state can approve charter schools. A different version of the GOP-backed constitutional amendment failed on its first vote earlier this month. The amended bill now says that the state can’t cut funds for traditional public schools to pay for charters.



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