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It’s the very last day of the Georgia General Assembly. Or Sine Die (*Without Day*) as it’s commonly referred to. Lots of live action online for you to follow along with. GPB’s Lawmakers, Georgia Public Broadcasting, provide live streams of the chambers. The House live cam/stream is here.

The best live blog for your participation (it takes in Tweets using the #GAsinedie and #GApol hashtags too) is here.

Also, there will be a 6pm rally at the Capitol today to protest HB87. The immigration bill that’s causing such a stink. It’s a gorgeous day out, and that rally will no doubt be very well attended.

Happy Sine Die! And a quickie video package I did for CBS-Atlanta for last year’s Sine Die is here.

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Several new media things jump out today… Facebook is such an amazing tool for tracking legislation going through the legislative process. The Sunday Sales/Senate Bill 10 may or may not be before the Rules Committee today.

Advocates such as Rich Sullivan and co. are at the Georgia State Capitol now Tweeting and posting Facebook updates about this one bill’s progress.

Lobbyista, media, advocates and ordinary folk, take note! Could save tons on tasseled loafer polishing costs by not having to hoof it along the hallways of the Gold Dome. Watch and learn from the comfort of your connection.

Then again, just being at the Capitol on a busy day is exciting in itself. Go live and in person whenever you can. Just report back for us what is going on… as it happens. Social media tools make it very easy to do. (They’ve got great wi-fi at the Dome.)

Other quick note… when giving interviews to text-only outlets avoid passive language, such as Michael Bond’s here. While it’s earnest, and might work in a broadcast environment, it always prints bad.

Councilman Michael Julian Bond pointed out that Sandy Springs and DeKalb County have full government participation and the continual council snubs are “almost getting to the point where it is beginning to be offensive.”

Elsewhere, Bob Barr believes in the intended effects of mass media propaganda. The best money can buy. Cute, huh?

One more… from what I hear, bloggers are already revolting on donating free content to @11AliveNews/@gannett‘s Where U Live project. Must give back, news farms! Must.

Think of better ways to give back to the blogger (on-air time comes to mind), and you might get more better content from ’em.

Today is the deadline to nominate your fave Georgia journo/blogger now for The Atlanta Press Club 2010 awards. It’s easy to do. That’s it for the morning. Make it a great use of new media day!

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You want action, kiddies? Trust that the Garden Club of Georgia ladies will be flooding the State Capitol this week, kicking ass and taking names over (ugly, tree-cutting) HB 179.

Those power-ladies do NOT mess around. They know their way around some greenie legislation like nobody’s business too. Been at it a long, long, long time.

Wanna know how to lobby? Watch and learn from those women this week as that legislation moves through the legislative process.

From the Florida Times-Union:

The women of the Garden Club of Georgia have been battling for almost two decades over whether billboard owners can cut down trees on highway rights of way to make their signs visible. House Bill 179 by Rep. Jon Burns, R-Newington, relaxes some of the restrictions as a way to help lower costs for the sign owners and their advertisers in hopes of stimulating job creation.

I’m sure the Garden Club of GA ladies, being of a somewhat older demo, could sure use some social media assistance on getting through to legislators on this issue. The bill passed the House, but is now in a *House Notice To Reconsider* status. Which I assume means a gross re-write status before another vote. HB179 bill sponsors are:

(1) Burns, Jon 157th
(2) Roberts, Jay 154th
(3) England, Terry 108th
(4) Bryant, Bob 160th
(5) Hamilton, Mark 23rd
(6) Benton, Tommy 31st

Need their email addresses/phone numbers? Just click here:
http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/house/alpha.html

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