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Legislative tip sheet: Of weather task forces and interstate speed limits

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The weather’s warm and the Monday traffic is moving – sort of, anyway. Time to start talking about bumping up those speed limits on I-285.

And Gov. Nathan Deal has another round with reporters at 1:15 p.m., when he’s expected to announce membership on his severe weather warning task force. Al Roker is unlikely to make the cut.

Lawmakers return at 10 a.m. in the House and Senate today for a busy five-day work week that starts – in the House – with H.B. 774, which would allow the state Department of Transportation to raise speed limits on metro Atlanta interstates.

The Senate takes up two bills on aging: One to establish a registry on those with Alzheimer’s within the Department of Public Health, and the creation of a Georgia Adult and Aging Services Agency.

The Senate also takes up S.B. 296 – which we think removes law enforcement duties from state park rangers. But we’re not sure, because the Legislature’s website is apparently paralyzed this morning.

A short walk from the Capitol, U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., will speak at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Atlanta at noon todiscuss their efforts to bridge the partisan gap in Washington and reform the federal budgeting process. They’re backing legislation to create a two-year federal budgeting cycle.

“Moral Monday” people have another 4 p.m. state Capitol protest aimed at the evening news. The topic is Georgia’s stand-your-ground law. No word yet on whether more civil disobedience is in the works.

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