Friday, February 22, 2008

Day 22- February 22, 2008

Tonight on Lawmakers, Governor Sonny Perdue announces how the State plans to help the Clayton County School System. The 2008 Supplemental Budget is headed for a Conference Committee and legislation designed to monitor the use of prescription drugs is headed to the House floor.

House Bill 989, the Supplemental Appropriations for fiscal year 2008, is headed to Conference Committee. After failing to reach an agreement on the midyear budget, 3 Representatives and 3 Senators are expected to reach a compromise about how to spend more than $332 million in revenue.

Governor Sonny Perdue held a press conference this afternoon to announce three measures that he says will help Clayton County Schools without forcing a takeover of the beleaguered system. The school board in the county just south of Atlanta has been under fire in recent weeks since being threatened with the loss of accreditation. Lawmakers Sandra Parrish has the details.

Representative Ron Stephens says he hopes to prevent tragedies like the Chris Benoit family murder/suicide by encouraging monitoring of prescription drugs. House Bill 455 would to create a statewide database to be monitored by Georgia’s Drugs and Narcotics Agency. It would require pharmacists to report prescriptions they fill in an effort to stop what has been referred to as “drug shopping”. Lawmakers Bridget Snapp reports.

This week marks the half way point in the 2008 session. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle talks about his legislative priorities and his expectations for the remaining 18 legislative days.

It’s the end of another legislative week under the gold dome. That means it’s time to check in with Tom Crawford, National Editor of Nwandi Lawson and Tom discuss the budget, education funding, Grady Memorial Hospital and the fate of legislation designed to outlaw abortion in Georgia.

David Zelski takes a look back at the events and legislation that garnered our notice this week.

Lawmakers’ Andi Dixon provides expanded coverage of legislation to limit the use of no-knock warrants. Senate Bill 259 received a do-pass recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee late yesterday evening. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Vincent Fort, filed the measure last year after elderly Atlanta resident Kathryn Johnston was shot and killed by police in 2006. The legislation is now in the Senate Rules Committee, where it stalled out last year.

Today was GACollege411 day at the State Capitol. Members of the Georgia Student Finance Commission promoted their website which is designed to help Georgia students apply to college. Lawmakers Minoo Hosseini has that story.

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