Monday, January 14, 2008

Day 1 - January 14, 2008

Tonight on Lawmakers, the 2008 session gets off to an interesting start as the House overrides 12 of Gov. Perdue’s vetoes, plans to revise Georgia’s tax system gain momentum, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle sits down for an exclusive interview with David Zelski, and the Governor, Lt. Governor, and House Majority Leader Jerry Keen outline a unified legislative agenda.

The session began with the Speaker Glenn Richardson and the House voting to override 12 of Gov. Perdue’s vetoes of legislation passed last session. The overrides were immediately transferred to the Senate, which sent the overrides to the Senate Rules Committee for review. Lt. Gov. Cagle said he did not expect the Senate to take up the overrides this week.

Last week public hearings were heard on House Resolution 900. HR 900 would implement Speaker Glenn Richardson’s proposed GREAT Plan. The plan would eliminate school and property taxes, and replace them with an expanded statewide sales tax. HR 900 is currently in the House Ways and Means Committee because it involves a constitutional amendment.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle sat down with Lawmakers co-anchor David Zelski last week. Lt. Gov. Cagle talked about the legislature’s role in Georgia’s water situation, his stance on tax reform in Georgia, and other priorities for the session, including the challenges of funding a statewide trauma network.

Last week Gov. Perdue, Lt. Gov. Cagle, and House Majority Leader Jerry Keen held a press conference to outline their unified legislative agenda for this session. Among the issues discussed were education, transportation, healthcare, and water management.

All that and more, tonight on Lawmakers.