Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lawmakers Returns Tuesday!

The Georgia General Assembly will be in recess tomorrow and Monday. The legislature reconvenes on Tuesday, March 16 for the 25th Legislative Day of the 2010 session. Join Lawmakers when we return Tuesday night at 7 PM for all the latest from under the gold dome.

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Day 24- March 11, 2010

Tonight on Lawmakers, Governor Sonny Perdue abandons the so-called “bed tax” proposition to fund the Medicaid shortfall, opting instead to propose decreasing Medicaid reimbursements by 10.25%; the Senate passes legislation aimed at establishing statewide standards for property tax assessments and appeals; and it’s the end of another legislative week, time to check in with Tom Crawford of The Georgia Report.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 23- March 10, 2010

Tonight on Lawmakers, water stewardship and conservation bills pass both the House and the Senate; the Senate Transportation committee talks about the transportation special local option sales tax and MARTA funding issues; Senator Mitch Seabaugh proposes eliminating 19 Superior Court judge positions in the interest of the State budget; and a bill that makes it a crime to solicit an abortion based on the race or gender of the fetus passes out of committee.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Legislative Schedule

The House and Senate today adopted House Resolution 1514 which sets the following schedule for the Georgia General Assembly:

Wednesday, March 10 LEGISLATIVE DAY 23
Thursday, March 11 LEGISLATIVE DAY 24
Friday, March 12 IN ADJOURNMENT

Monday, March 15 IN ADJOURNMENT
Tuesday, March 16 LEGISLATIVE DAY 25
Wednesday, March 17 LEGISLATIVE DAY 26
Thursday, March 18 LEGISLATIVE DAY 27
Friday, March 19 IN ADJOURNMENT

Monday, March 22 LEGISLATIVE DAY 28
Tuesday, March 23 LEGISLATIVE DAY 29
Wednesday, March 24 IN ADJOURNMENT
Thursday, March 25 LEGISLATIVE DAY 30 (Crossover Day)
Friday, March 26 IN ADJOURNMENT

Monday, March 29 LEGISLATIVE DAY 31

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Day 22- March 9, 2010

Tonight on Lawmakers, a food safety measure that would make it a felony to knowingly ship tainted food products to consumers passes the House; proposals to limit the terms of Department of Transportation Board Members are heard in House and Senate Committees; and our leadership series of interviews continues with House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter. All that and more.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Day 21- March 8, 2010

Tonight on Lawmakers, February revenue figures are announced, and the continued decline is likely to mean more budget cuts; House and Senate leaders look to fee increases to help shore up the State’s budget; a new tax intended to pay for a new domed stadium in Atlanta passes the House; and we check in with Tom Crawford of The Georgia Report to catch up on what took place at the Capitol during the two week recess.

February Revenue Figures Down 9.9%

Governor Sonny Perdue has just released the much anticipated (and somewhat feared) February revenue figures. The net revenue collections for the month of February 2010 (FY 2010) totaled $567,251,000 compared to $629,448,000 for February 2009 (FY09), a decrease of $62,197,000 or 9.9 percent. The percentage decrease year-to-date for FY10 compared to FY09 is 12.7 percent.

This announcement is likely to create a need for legislators to make even more adjustments to the FY 2010 and FY 2011 budgets. For the latest legislative news tune in to Lawmakers tonight at 7 PM.