Chatham County Legislative Delegation meets with local groups

Chatham County Legislative Delegation meets with local groups

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - State lawmakers who represent Savannah and Chatham County are talking through the big issues they want to tackle in the up coming legislative session.

All day today, Chatham County's elected leaders at the state capitol are listening to community groups. Anyone from the Junior League of Savannah, to Moms Demand Action, Chatham Area Transit...even the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport to hear what their priorities are and what they'd like for those elected leaders to champion for them at this upcoming legislative session.

Earlier this week, the Savannah Chamber discussed their legislative priorities at the annual Eggs and Issues breakfast.

Next week, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools will meet to discuss theirs.

Today was an opportunity to have the majority of Chatham County's Legislative Delegation in one room, making it easier for the cornucopia of community groups to get their messages across, instead of tracking down each individual member.

I caught up with the leader of the local delegation to see what some of the biggest issues are this year.

“But it’s just been one issue after another. Health Care is a big issue right now and education both. And of course we used to be hammered on that with education," said Rep. Ron Stephens, Dean of the Chatham County Legislative Delegation. Stephens continued, "Now we’ve got fewer drop-outs, we’ve got more people coming out of school to be able to be trained to go to work and get a job pay taxes, and be productive Georgia citizens. And at the end of the day, that’s what we’re all looking for.”

The 2020 Legislative Session begins January 13th.

WTOC will have coverage in Atlanta.

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