After two sleepy days to start off the 2014 session of the Legislature, actors in the state Capitol will attempt to cram a week’s worth of politics into a 12-hour sack.
Events that used to be spread over several days will be squeezed into a single sweep of the clock.
Gov. Nathan Deal will give three speeches, starting bright and early at the Georgia Chamber’s Eggs and Issues 7 a.m. breakfast. His State of the State is set for 11 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. roll-out of his budget plan. If you don’t consider that the events will be closely tied to his re-election campaign, consider that he’s sent out this link to a live Internet broadcast of his 11 a.m. speech – and this preview:
The House and Senate will convene at 10 a.m. Neither chamber is expected to make any news. It’s Deal’s day.
After all the speeches are done, budget hearings will begin. A week’s worth of hearings have been condensed into a day’s session divided into four parts, on the topics of education, higher education, transportation and the Department of Community Health.