POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Sheldon, legislators give session update

Local state Rep. Donna Sheldon was among leaders wrapping up the Georgia General Assembly for the Georgia Republican Foundation.

On Thursday, Sheldon, the Dacula woman who serves as majority caucus chairwoman, joined Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Speaker David Ralston, Senate Majority Leader Chip Roger and House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey on a panel at the Georgian Club.

"We are very privileged to have such ardent leadership atop the Georgia General Assembly," said Foundation Chairman Chip Pearson. "When you look at the amount of vital legislation that was passed during this year's session, it is immensely clear that our Republican leadership holds a finger on the pulse of what it takes to get Georgia to the next level."

The panelists covered moves in education, health care reform, human trafficking sentencing and the economy. The panel also fielded questions from the attendees, a press release said.

"I'm incredibly proud of the remarkable accomplishments of the Georgia General Assembly's 2011 legislative Session, and look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to implement a common sense, conservative agenda that addresses the concerns of our constituents," Cagle said.

Sheldon is likely to be a part of an upcoming event, where Gwinnett's delegation will discuss the session with members of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

The group's legislative summit is expected to include lawmakers as well as county commissioners, mayors and council members. It is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. June 1 at the Duluth chamber building.

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.

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