Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Gonzo Lawmakers - Day 31

A daily recap of the Georgia Public Broadcasting show "Lawmakers". The show airs weekdays at 7:00pm with a replay at 5:30am the following weekday.

Day 31

* It's the day after the big day.

* Looks like we're in for a lot of recap today.

* Transportation. We go straight to Hogwarts for Valerie and a live shot. Recapping SB200 and the differing TSPLOST. I've covered both in depth but if you want to review go here.

* Property Tax Relief. The grant was saved and the Senate doubled the homestead exemption but the House voted that part down.

* Super speeders. Valerie is reporting again but according to the chyron we are either listening to or seeing "Harry", no last name. Back to the speed demons. Ahhhhhh, here's "Harry". It's Rep. Harry Geisinger. He's concerned that there won't be enough revenue generated to support a real trauma system.

* Well, I believe the chyron operator got into my stash. Now someone from Children's Healthcare something something is talking trauma but my tv says she's "Teachers". Who wants to bet the next story is about education?

* Nwandi clears up the chyron confusion and guess what? The next story is about education.

* Recap of all the education bills that passed the House.

* Georgia virtual schools! Something new! Oh no. It's some lobbyists, ahem excuse me, I meant to say advocates begging for money. Okay, I may have been a bit harsh. This program allows students with difficulty actually sitting in a classroom (ADHD, Bi-polar) to have access to a certified teacher.

* Ron Stephens cigarette tax is dead. Now Dave and Nwandi are doing a little improv on all the bills that died. I have a feeling this is the result of the chyron suffering a similar fate. You gotta love live TV. They may soon resort to hand puppets.

* Tableau exeunt. Back to Dave reporting with graphics. I have in my head this image of someone beating a machine with a hammer.

* The Senate actually did pass some House bills today. One deals with the poverty level of "enterprise zones".

* The House only passed one bill today. It's something to do with blind people not being able to hear hybrid cars. I never would have thought of that. It passed without opposition.

* PSC gave Georgia Power the go ahead to build those Nucular Plants. This of course brings a review of the controversial SB 31.

* The PSC finally speaks. Commissioner Stan Wise lurvs SB 31. He believes it will save money and the legislature correctly exercised its power. Would have been nice to hear from a dissenting commissioner. Were there any?

* Tom Crawford time. Tom is mentioning the big budget which will probably include more furloughs and possibly more medicaid cuts. A little mouse told me the big budget passed today so we'll have to wait to see if Tom read the bones correctly.

* Minoo went to what appears to be a church to attend a meeting of juvenille justice advocates. It's good to see the kids are getting a few field trips.

* Rev. er excuse me Rep. Melvin Emerson used his morning order to lay into the Obama administration's apparent plan to have Veterans use their private insurance before using VA benefits. Now Rep. Scott (R-Yes I Am Really Running for Govenor!) is talking about not being able to buy ammo to shoot pigs. Ahhhhhhhh, south Georgia - I do miss you so. Apparently this also means Obama is "destroying our way of life".

* Wake up Wilson. Sen. Tommie Williams is going to be interviewed on tomorrow's broadcast.

* I'm considering strong drink prior to tomorrow's broadcast. But for now that's a wrap.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

76 bills were voted on on day 30... not sure if that's a record or not.

The this-is-georgia-and-we're-not-Obama legislative agenda is fully on course.

Today the house passed H334, crazy Bobby Franklin- we spoke only marginally crazy about it. Bring on the coat hangers gals.. don't recycle them, you'll be needing them soon.