POLITICS: Thompson to sit on Census panel

Camie Young

Camie Young

State Sen. Curt Thompson will be a part of a panel discussion on Gwinnett's diversity this week.

Thompson, a Democrat from Tucker, has fielded a lot of questions about immigration this year, as chairman of the Special Judiciary Committee, since the state adopted a controversial new immigration law.

This week's panel, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, will address the implications of the 2010 census statistics released earlier this year on the county's future, as well as the redistricting process. The new district lines will be drawn soon, as legislators are scheduled to return to Atlanta for a special session in just over a week.

Members of the public can ask questions to the panel, which will also include redistricting specialists and voting rights experts, as well as officials from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Organization of Chinese Americans-Georgia.

Questions can be emailed in advance to the Gwinnett Human Relations Commission gwinnetthrd@gmail.com or to the League of Women Voters, Gwinnett at shawdot1@bellsouth.net.

Town halls abound

In the next several weeks, people will have a plethora of opportunities to speak to public officials.

On Monday, Gwinnett commissioners will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss the millage rate. The proposal on the table is to keep the 2011 rate the same as last year, but Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said there is a possibility the rate could go down, especially the bond portion.

On Wednesday, Commissioner Lynette Howard will hold her third town hall session this month. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Singleton Road Activity Building in Norcross.

Then next week, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall will begin a series of his own town hall meetings. The first is 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Gwinnett justice center. Woodall will be at the Walton Government Building in Monroe at 9 a.m. Aug. 20, then at 11:30 a.m. he'll be at Duluth High School.

On Aug. 22, a town hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Barrow County Annex building, with the final session set for 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at Snellville City Hall.

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Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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