Special Photo State Rep. Josh Clark welcomed his brand new baby daughter, born at 6:19 a.m. Wednesday at Emory Midtown (Crawford Long) Hospital.
Gwinnett Sen. Curt Thompson isn't opposed to toll lanes as a concept, but like many of his constituents, he has not been happy with the high-occupancy toll lanes that opened along Interstate 85 a year and a half ago.
Thompson is encouraging his constituents to participate in the process, though, as state leaders consider an expansion to the toll lanes during a public information meeting Thursday.
"I still personally do not feel like these were the best use of money," he said of the 16-mile system converted from carpool lanes. "It works, but only if you can pay for it."
The Democrat from Tucker said he is more supportive of the concept for the expansion, since it will be built along newly constructed lanes from Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road.
And while he understands there will still be a lot of people who come to Thursday's meeting protesting the toll lanes as a whole, he wants people to attempt to give feedback on the specifics of the plan. He said that type of feedback was lacking in the original HOT lanes project and led to some problems with the startup.
"I'm trying to be realistic about it at this point," he said of looking more closely at how the process will work.
"I think a lot of folks didn't realize what was going to happen," in the last go-round, he added, which lead to less public feedback on the actual plan. "They had no idea how vehement the response would be."
Thompson said he had hoped to attend Thursday's session, planned for 4 to 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Center, but legislative committee meetings stand in the way. Next Thursday, March 28, when another session is planned at Braselton City Hall, he won't be able to make it because the Legislature is expected to convene into the evening before the final "Sine Die" of the session.Baby newsState Rep. Josh Clark didn't make it to the General Assembly on Wednesday, but his absence was excused.
The Buford Republican was at the hospital with his brand new baby daughter, born at 6:19 a.m. at Emory Midtown (Crawford Long) Hospital.
Baby Elizabeth Ann, nicknamed Ellie Ann, weighed in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
"Chelsey was unbelievably amazing throughout labor and is doing well," Clark said about the birth of the couple's fifth child. "Thank you for your prayers and support. We are so thankful for another blessing!"
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