Gwinnett will have lots of representation on a newly created Transit Governance Task Force, created by Gov. Nathan Deal with an executive order.
Deal tapped Rep. Donna Sheldon, R-Duluth, the House's majority caucus chairwoman, to co-chair the task force, along with Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jeff Mullis. Among the six legislators picked for the board was Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain, whose district includes Gwinnett.
Also on the panel is Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, along with the chairs of Douglas and Rockdale and the mayors of Atlanta, Riverdale and Johns Creek.
The group is tasked with developing legislation to be introduced in 2012 based on the findings of a transit governance study commission.
"The metro Atlanta region has a multitude of transit agencies that work independently of each other," Deal said. "The study committee found that commuters, transit stakeholders and the general public would benefit from oversight, streamlining and coordination of the individual transit systems in the metro Atlanta region. This represents the next step in the process, where we move toward drafting legislation that can make a real difference."
Woodall talks to Chamber
Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce leaders met with Congressman Rob Woodall recently to discuss how recent headlines impact businesses.
The Lawrenceville congressman said the balanced budget amendment vote required by the Budget Control Act will be a "huge game-changer."
"I knew this was something we could use as a tool. For the first time in American history, we tied a debt ceiling increase to a dollar for dollar reduction in spending. I think that's something that is going to stick with America," Woodall said, encouraging the leaders to help with the amendment." A Balanced Budget Amendment requires the full support of the American people in order to pass it in Congress with a two-thirds majority and be sent to the states for ratification. Voters must rally and call on their leaders to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment."
Jann Moore, the Chamber's senior director of public policy and education interviewed Woodall about trade barriers and business regulations"Local chambers are perfectly placed to bring rifle shot ideas," Woodall said, according to a press release. "Your members are going to know more about their business than we ever will. We need these experts to bring their ideas to the forefront."
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