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Perdue speaks about legislative session

April 29, 2003

Albany- Perdue told South Georgians even though he doesn't fully back the legislation, he will sign off on the state flag bill, allowing a temporary flag and a statewide referendum in March for a permanent one. And while his ethics legislation didn't make it this session, Perdue says it won't be the last time lawmakers hear this issue.

"They will see that ethics legislation every time we come back up there because I think the public deserves to have the confidence and trust restored in their elected representatives," says Perdue.

While the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the constitutionality of the state's redistricting map, Governor Sonny Perdue remains firm that the issue should be decided on a state, not federal level.

"I think the real solution that I'll keep pushing for are Senate districts and House districts that make sense where people know who represents them," adds Perdue.

Even after going up against a Democratic House, and not getting some of his key pieces of legislation passed, South Georgia Republicans still say Perdue is doing a good job.

"He has carried our message very well in Atlanta, and overall we're very pleased. On the various issues that went around Sonny did what he promised he would do," claims Donald Cole, President of the Dougherty County Republican Party.

Perdue says he will in turn make sure the legislature does what it needs to do, even if it means calling them back for a special session.

Governor Perdue isn't sure yet if he'll sign the state budget legislators passed late Friday. He says he needs more time to study it.

Posted at 10:20 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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