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Overheard around the Dome

Favorite quote heard on the House floor: "We ought to all thank our Lord for Ronald Reagan."

-- Rep. Dan Lakly, R-Peachtree City, in support of a resolution designating Feb. 6 as Ronald Reagan Day in Georgia

Favorite quote heard on the Senate floor: "I could go on for hours about how the Bible influenced the founding of this country."

-- Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, introducing his bill to allow the Good Book to be taught as literature in public schools

Favorite quote from a visiting congressman: "Good government is nonpartisan."

-- U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, speaking to the Georgia House, where he served from 1977-'90

Favorite quote from the local press: "We could have used those people."

-- Sen. Nancy Schaefer, R-Turnerville, quoted in the Hartwell Sun, as she explains that if abortion had never been legalized, America wouldn't need to rely on illegal immigrants for cheap labor

Favorite quote heard on the Senate floor (runner-up): "The last thing we want to do is destroy our beautiful state."

-- Sen. Chip Pearson, R-Dawsonville, introducing his bill to reduce stream buffers. He also sponsored a bill to limit local tree ordinances.

Favorite quote heard on the House floor (runner-up): "Under this bill, the Republican Party is a gang."

-- Rep. Tom Bordeaux, D-Savannah, speaking against a bill to identify members of street gangs by signs, symbols, attire or "other distinguishing characteristics"

Favorite quote overheard in committee: "We're No. 1 in the No. 2 business."

-- Bruce Widener, lobbyist for the Georgia Onsite Wastewater Association, otherwise known as the septic tank people

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