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Cover Story: Get to know your General Assembly

Here are some key websites to find out more about the Georgia Legislature, which convened its 2008 session Monday, Jan. 11.

It's best to start at the General Assembly website. Search for past bills and those under consideration, peruse the Georgia Code, and – if you're really curious – download the annual legislative picture book. It lists every legislator's contact information with a photo attached. Some even have their cell-phone numbers and nongovernment e-mail addresses included.

http://www.legis.state.ga.us

YOUR DISTRICT: To figure out which senator and House member — at the state and federal levels — represent you, try this. You also can use it to follow legislation in Washington and Atlanta.

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/state/main/?state=GA

LOBBYING: Like it or not, influence peddling is part of the machine. To view the different lobbyists and groups looking out for their special interests, visit the State Ethics Commission's website.

http://www.ethics.ga.gov/Reports/lobbyist/lobbyist_ByName.aspx

LEGISLATORS GONE WILD! Can't skip work and get down to the Capitol to witness the shenanigans? Watch live broadcasts of almost every legislative hearing here.

http://www.georgia.gov/00/channel/0,2141,4802_6107101,00.html

SENATORS LIVE! Even the state Senate has joined the digital movement. To view Senate-spun "new" media, visit its YouTube page.

http://www.youtube.com/user/GeorgiaSenate

VOTING: Peeved about how your district's representative or senator spent his 40 days in downtown Atlanta? Use the secretary of state's site to locate where you can exercise the right to either keep the good guys at work or boot the ne'er-do-wells from the Gold Dome.

http://sos.georgia.gov/cgi-bin/Locator.asp

Here are the websites for DeKalb representatives ...

Fran Millar (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/millarFran/millarfran.htm

Mike Jacobs (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/jacobsMike/jacobsMike.htm

Jill Chambers (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/chambersJill/chambersJill.htm

Kevin Levitas (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/levitasKevin/levitasKevin.htm

Mary Margaret Oliver (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/oliverMary/oliverMary.htm

Stacey Abrams (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/abramsStacey/abramsStaceyBio.htm

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/benfieldStephanie/benfieldStephanie.htm

Karla Drenner (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/drennerKarla/drennerKarla.htm

Michele D. Henson (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/hensonMichele/hensonMichele.htm

Billy Mitchell (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/mitchellBilly/mitchellBilly.htm

Earnest "Coach" Williams (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/williamsCoach/williamsCoachBio.htm

Howard Mosby (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/mosbyHoward/mosbyHoward.htm

Stan Watson (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/watsonStan/watsonStan.htm

Pam Stephenson (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/stephensonPam/stephensonPam.htm

Ron Sailor (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/sailorRon/sailorRon.htm

Randal Mangham (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/manghamRandal/manghamRandal.htm

... Fulton representatives ...

Jan Jones (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/jonesJan/jonesJanBio.htm

Chuck Martin (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/martinchuck/martinchuckbio.htm

Harry Geisinger (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/geisingerHarry/geisingerHarryBio.htm

Wendell Willard (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/willardWendell/willardWendell.htm

Mark Burkhalter (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/burkhalterMark/burkhalterMarkBio.htm

Tom Rice (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/riceTom/riceTomBio.htm

Joe Wilkinson (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/wilkinsonJoe/wilkinsonJoe.htm

LaNett Stanley-Turner (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/stanleyTurnerLanett/stanleyTurnerLanett.htm

Edward Lindsey (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/lindseyEdward/lindseyEdward.htm

"Able" Mable Thomas (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/thomasablemable/thomasablemable.htm

Kathy Ashe (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/asheKathy/asheKathybio.htm

Pat Gardner (D) (represents parts of both) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/gardnerPat/gardnerPatBio.htm

Robbin Shipp (D) (represents parts of both) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/shippRobbin/shippRobbin.htm

Margaret Kaiser (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/kaiserMargaret/kaiserMargaret.htm

Georganna T. Sinkfield (D) (represents parts of both) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/sinkfieldGeorganna/sinkfieldGeorgannaBio.htm

Bob Holmes (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/holmesBob/holmesBob.htm

Joe Heckstall (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/heckstallJoe/heckstallJoe.htm

Tyrone L. Brooks Sr. (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/brooksTyrone/brooksTyroneBio.htm

Roger Bruce (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/bruceRoger/bruceRoger.htm

Sharon Beasley-Teague (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/beasleyTeagueSharon/beasleyTeagueSharon.htm

Virgil Fludd (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/bios/fluddVirgil/fluddVirgil.htm

and Fulton and DeKalb state senators ...

Curt Thompson (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/cthompsonbio.php

Emanuel D. Jones (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/jonesbio.php

Judson Hill (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/judsonhillbio.php

Kasim Reed (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/reedbio.php

Nan Orrock (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/orrockbio.php

Horacena Tate (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/tatebio.php

Vincent Fort (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/fortbio.php

Daniel J. Weber (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/weberbio.php

Steve Henson (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/hensonbio.php

David Adelman (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/adelmanbio.php

Ronald B. Ramsey Sr. (D) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/ramseybio.php

David Shafer (R) http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2007_08/senate/shaferbio.php

Dan Moody (R) http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/senate/moodybio.php



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