Jason Getz / AJC
TALKING TAXES--January 15, 2013 - Atlanta, Ga: In a crowded meeting room, Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, lower left, talks with Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-Locust Grove, lower right, as Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, center, introduces Senate Bill 24 to the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee in the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., January 15, 2013. Bethel is the sponsor of the SB 24 which is called the Hospital Medicaid Financing Program Act. The room was filled with lawmakers and members of the public as this is the first bill to be taken up during Day 2 of the 2013 Legislative Session. The bill was passed in the committee meeting and could be taken up as soon as Thursday in the State Senate. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM
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