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Intellectual Diversity

A bill has just been introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives that revives discussion from 4 years ago, led by Mr. Horowitz, alleging that Georgia’s public colleges were led by communists and liberals and thus our students were being forced to learn things that they did not agree with.

Oh, Mr. Horowitz also testified to the Georgia Senate in 2003 stating that K12 administrators were even worse — calling them “Stalinists.” I guess he would know, being a Berkley educated communist himself.

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Technology: Future involves sausage making

Computerworld has done analysis on future of jobs in IT.  Here is a telling comment:

In 2010, there will be a whole lot more information floating around. Customers and regulators will expect IT to know what is known, protect what is private and generate bordering-on-clairvoyant levels of service. The whole issue of IT and the law is going to be very big in the future.

If you want to protect your job — you better pay attention to the sausage, I mean politicians – national and state, otherwise you will have the likes of Sen. Ted (my internet needs drano) Stephens saying AT&T owns, invented and is the Internet.

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So, what happened to the ten percent CUT?

Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that the major provider of medical malpractice insurance is bragging about SLOWING the rate of increase for malpractice insurance — and MAG attributes this to the success of tort reform.

The Business Chronicle does not ask the question found in this post's title.  Remember, MAG put a letter on every legislator's desk right before the vote on tort reform in 2003 promising a ten percent cut.  It hasn't happened, has it?

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Down the Rabbit Hole, Part 2

Remember I said things dont' appear as they seem. reports that SB 596, the Stem Cell bill, passed.  Well, it did pass the House at 11:26 pm on the 40th day.  However, the House made changes to the bill, thus requiring the Senate to agree to those changes.  And, according to the Legis web site, there was no Senate vote to agree.

Thus, the bill is dead. 

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Using clubs to enforce policy on the Net

The Justice Department is spending millions on a lawsuit in Pennsylvania defending the Children's Online Protection Act.  And, companies that provide Internet access and other web services are spending aggregated millions complying with Justice Department subpoenas for information regarding porn sites on the web. Which causes one of those companies to respond:

"That money could be spent so much more wisely on giving software away to parents that are having these problems," Dan Jude, president of Security Software Systems, said of the litigation costs.

An  unitended consequence of legislation to "protect" us from us.

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Not quite done yet

Well, the session is over — now the clock starts ticking for the Governor to sign all those bills.  Perdue has 45 days to review – and decide whether he signs, vetos, or simply lets the bills become law.

Will have to do a post mortem once the legislative databases are updated for all of last night's activities.  I am off to Savannah to have lunch with Tom Friedman and a couple of hundred of our mutual friends.

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Tags, we don’t need no stinking tags

The Lt. Gov has just chided the Senate for doing nothing but tag bills this am.

With all the important stuff on the table, worrying about a prestige license plate somehow seems beneath the purpose of this body

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Actually, today is a a cross between Christmas and a funeral.

Some are in mourning – others in giddy expectation of presets to be unwrapped

Right now, Senators are attempting to amend a license plate bill that will let Equine Research be funded

Seems there are other license plates that need creating — or amending as well.

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So you watch

Today is a day for watching

You watch for who talks to whom

For example, the young ladies working for the Georgia Family Council are surrounding the House Rules Chairman so your wonder what bill may get added later when another supplemental calendar is set.  And you wonder is it SB 425 (email) or SB 596?

You watch for members who have not succeeded in getting their key legislation passed

And you watch for what time The General Assembly may adjourn

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Newsflash!!! Lobbyists write legislation!

The AJC continues their superior and, non-pulitzer prize winning, quality reporting of the Georgia General Assembly with the following story:

Legislature 2006: Lobbyists craft much legislation

And it took 2 reporters to provde that insight…

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