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Suwanee State Representative Prepares for Legislation and Listening

The Georgia General Assembly is preparing for its 2014 session.

Brooks Coleman, right. (Credit: Steve Burns.)
Brooks Coleman, right. (Credit: Steve Burns.)
It's almost time for Georgia's General Assembly to convene in 2014. And for one Gwinnett legislator, it means more than a trip to the Capitol building in Atlanta.

Rep. Brooks Coleman, whose district includes Suwanee, will be holding town hall-style meetings in his district during the session, which begins Monday, Jan. 13.

His Suwanee session will be at City Hall on Feb. 27, 6:30-8 p.m. Also, there will be a session at Sugar Hill City Hall on Jan 23, 6:30-8 p.m.

As you might expect, education matters are high in Coleman's priorities for the upcoming legislative session. A former educator, Coleman chairs the House Education Committee.

He noted that he held eight listening sessions all over the state in the past year, meeting with over 150 superintendents and about 1,500 teachers and parents.

And what he heard was a call to restore as much of recent "austerity cuts" as possible when the new budget is formed.

Also, the feeling among those constituents is that there is "too much testing" in schools, Coleman added.

Other top issues for the General Assembly include transportation, protecting Atlanta's drinking water source (Lake Lanier), and "jobs, jobs, jobs," Coleman said.

The General Assembly website is here.

-- What issues would you like to see the General Assembly address in 2014? Tell us in the comments below.


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