Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Day 17- February 13, 2008

Tonight on Lawmakers, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears delivers the State of the Judiciary address, a bi-partisan group of legislator announces a new measure they say addresses concerns over the statewide water plan, the House votes to tighten nursing requirements, the Senate passes a bill that allows discounts on hunting and fishing licenses, and bushels of apples are delivered to legislators to show support of the Parent Protection Act.

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears delivered the State of the Judiciary address today before the House and the Senate. Chief Justice Sears spoke about the need to increase the pay of Georgia’s judges as well as telling lawmakers of the importance of judges in Georgia’s families. Lawmakers has complete coverage of the address.

Legislators from outside the Metro Atlanta area held a press conference today to announce legislation that addresses their concerns over the new water plan. They say the new plan does not adequately protect water councils that are downstream of other councils. The legislation has not been introduced into the House or Senate yet, but lawmakers say it will provide some of the same protections that Metro Atlanta gets. Sandra Parrish has the story.

In a move to block convicted felons and others from obtaining nursing licenses online, the House today approved the elimination of the Graduate Nurse designation. House Bill 1041 also requires a fingerprint check for all applicants to be licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse. HB 1041 now moves to the Senate.

The Senate passed a measure today that adjusts the fee structure of hunting and fishing licensure in Georgia. Senate Bill 382 also will allow both in-state and out-of-state temporary licenses to be valid for three days. SB 382 now moves to the House.

Hundreds of representatives from the Georgia PTA carried bushels of apples to state legislators today. They were at the Capitol to show support for House Bill 901, the Parent Protection Act. HB 901 would provide job protection for parents who must leave work to attend school conferences and routine medical exams. The bill is expected to be heard by a House Industrial Relations subcommittee next Tuesday.

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