Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Day 36- March 25, 2009

Tonight on Lawmakers, legislation that would impose strict fines for excessive speeding passes the Senate, but without a provision to direct those monies to trauma; a measure that would have increased the homestead exemption fails to pass the House; a bill that creates the sentence of life without parole passes the House; legislation aimed at improving Georgia’s graduation rate clears the Senate and changes in the Georgia 2020 Transportation Act in the House send those bills back to the Senate.

House Bill 160, legislation known as the “Super Speeder” bill targets those who drive excessive speeds passes in the Senate, but not without controversy. And, from the House, a compromise is reached on a transportation funding mechanism. Lawmakers’ Valarie Edwards reports.

A second chance in the House for a measure that would double the homestead exemption ends with Senate Bill 83 again going down in defeat. Representative Edward Lindsey is pushing for the tax reform that would have increased the exemption by $2,000 by 2012 and then added a cost of living increase in subsequent years. Lindsey told the House that the homestead exemption has not been increased since 1937. Senate Bill 83 failed by a vote of 109 to 63.

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers took the lead today in passing two tax bills that aim to create jobs in Georgia. House Bill 481, known as the Jobs, Opportunity and Business Success Act of 2009, and House Bill 482, which creates a ballot vote to exempt ad valorem taxation for property constituting the inventory of a business.

Two bills concerning post secondary education for high school students are being considered by the General Assembly this session. House Bill 149, the Move on When Ready Act passed the Senate today, while House Bill 400, the BRIDGE Act remains in the Senate Education and Youth Committee. Lawmakers’ Minoo Hosseini reports.

House Bill 23, a bill that bans cell phone and text messaging for drivers under 18 passed the Senate Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee today. Lawmakers’ Evan Seitz has that story.

The Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee passed legislation that would place limits on cash rewards from bingo games held by veterans’ organizations. Lawmakers’ Tiana Fernandez has more.

All that and more tonight on Lawmakers at 7 PM.

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