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Political Notebook: Officials push transportation vote

Business leaders are hoping to "get Georgia moving" today, encouraging legislators to vote on transportation funding legislation.

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, along with other partners in the metro area, reached out to members and friends to spur along a vote for more funding, which is expected to happen today in the House of Representatives.

"We've seen incredible leadership from our lawmakers this year to get something done about transportation - and now we need the House to pass Senate Resolution 845 with the changes made by the House Transportation Committee," said Charles Tarbutton, chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the Get Georgia Moving Coalition. "We feel very confident that reform and funding can and should be addressed concurrently so that 18 to 24 months from now, an improved Georgia Department of Transportation will have the resources to move forward with the infrastructure projects this state needs."

Even if the legislation garners enough votes Wednesday, the bill would then be decided in a conference committee, and voters would consider the proposition during a November referendum.

Later today, chamber members will have the chance to talk to legislators in person. The local delegation has been invited to a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. at the Duluth chamber of commerce building.

Also today, Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District board member Bruce Le'Vell is expected to join the race for District 1 commissioner.

Le'Vell, who lives in Duluth, is running as a Republican against announced candidates Shirley Lasseter, former mayor of Duluth, and Mark Grams, a community activist.

Le'Vell plans to talk to the community about his race at 2:30 p.m. at Suwanee's Town Center Park.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.