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Gwinnett Day to be held at Gold Dome

Wednesday will be Gwinnett Day at the Georgia Capitol.

For the first time, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting an evening meet and greet and arranging for special proclamations at the General Assembly.

It's part of an effort from the nonpartisan chamber to become more politically involved, even implementing a legislative agenda and registering two employees as lobbyists to push legislation that would help businesses.

Hoping for help with economic development in the suburban Atlanta county, the agenda includes initiatives in education, transportation and health care.

The highlight of Gwinnett Day is a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Georgia Freight Depot. There, residents and Chamber members will meet with local and statewide legislators to discuss the issues of the 2009 session, from the proposed transportation tax to the budget cuts and Sunday liquor sales.

The event costs $45 for Chamber members and $55 for nonmembers, and officials have arranged for a shuttle between the Duluth building and the Capitol.

Booze news update

Speaking of Sunday liquor sales, the Libertarian Party of Georgia is pushing for a referendum on the issue.

Daniel Adams, the party's chairman, said the issue should be left to the people, not politicians, who have battled for years on whether to allow package sales on Sundays.

"Gov. Perdue campaigned on less government and ending the 'nanny state,' and he should step aside to allow this bill to move forward," Adams said. "Republicans talk about less government but in reality they want more control over our lives. This issue is not about morality or raising revenue, this is about personal freedoms and responsibilities, and allowing local voters to determine local issues."

Senate Bill 16 was considered last week in the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, which is chaired by Duluth Sen. David Shafer. Both young Republicans and Democrats support the plan, but Adams said the community should be allowed to set the standards.

Sunday sales, this time concerning drinks in restaurants, is back up for debate in Snellville. Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer said he expects to lose a vote on the issue next month, but he brought the idea back up again because he believes it will help restaurants struggling in the sagging economy.

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.