Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Day 16- February 12, 2008

Tonight on Lawmakers, the Senate passes two similar bills that will freeze property taxes, Senate Majority Leader Tommie Williams is featured on our Tuesday Leadership Interview Series, the House passes a measure aimed at limiting financial bonuses for Georgia Lottery management, and Governor Perdue announces legislation he says will protect landowners.

The Senate this morning passed two similar tax bills which both aim to freeze property taxes. Senate Resolution 686 would cap the value of existing residential property, while SR 796 would cap both residential and commercial property. SR 796 also caps the yearly property value increase at 2 percent for residential and three percent for commercial property. Both resolutions now move to the House.

The Lawmakers Tuesday Leadership Interview Series continues with Senate Majority Leader Tommie Williams. Co-anchor David Zelski asked Sen. Williams about the state Budget, the need for trauma funding in Georgia, the various tax plans currently before the General Assembly, and the “border war” dispute with Tennessee and other states.

The House passed a resolution today urging the Georgia Lottery Corporation to be more conservative in awarding bonuses to lottery management. Concern over the three million dollars’ worth of bonuses given out in the last year prompted lawmakers to take up the measure. The Georgia Lottery has awarded overone million HOPE Scholarships since its inception in 1993.

Governor Perdue announced his support of legislation that he says will protect landowners at the Georgia Farm Bureau Day luncheon today. Senate Bill 449, which is known as the Landowners Protection Act of 2008, would shield landowners from lawsuits filed by individuals injured on their land, unless the injury was caused from gross negligence. According to the governor, Georgia is a prime destination for hunters and tourists, and this legislation will allow landowners to allow visitors on their property without worrying about liability concerns.

All that and more, tonight on Lawmakers. Watch Online!