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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Legislators want help cutting red tape

Camie Young

Camie Young

Some local representatives are hoping small business owners can help in an effort to clear the red tape in Georgia.

State Rep. Josh Clark, R-Buford, and Rep. Valerie Clark, R-Lawrenceville, are seeking input to evaluate Georgia's current regulatory environment. This effort, called Red Tape Watch, will be carried out by the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation throughout the 2012 legislative session.

"I believe the work of this committee is exactly what we should be doing," said Josh Clark, a member of the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation. "Rather than passing more onerous government mandates, we should be working to repeal unnecessary, and often burdensome, red tape that hinders small business growth and thereby prevents job creation."

The Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation, has scheduled hearings to allow small business owners and operators an opportunity to discuss ways the state can streamline the government bureaucracy that impedes their ability to do business efficiently.

Small business owners that would like to participate in this process, including those who cannot attend a hearing, can voice their concerns at

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, created Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation last year to solely focus on sustaining and growing small businesses in Georgia and thereby creating job opportunities for Georgians.

The next meeting of the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in room 406 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building in Atlanta.Register for March electionMonday is last day to register for presidential preference primary.

Even if you aren't worried about the primary -- since GOP contenders could duke out the results before Georgia votes March 6 -- you may want to have a say in another issue on that day's ballot, including a Sunday sales measure for Gwinnett and Peachtree Corners' first city council.

To register to vote in Georgia, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote, and at least 18 years old by Election Day.

Residents can register online at /portal/gwinnett/Departments/Elections, or go to your local public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools, and other government offices for a mail-in registration form.

Voterr registration is offered when renewing or applying for a driver's license at any Georgia Department of Driver Services office, and college students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms from their school registrar's office or from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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

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