Local lawmakers prepare to gather in Atlanta next week

Local lawmakers prepare to gather in Atlanta next week
State lawmakers from across Georgia gather next week in Atlanta. They’ll decide issues that affect Georgians for the year to come and beyond. (Source: WTOC)

VIDALIA, Ga. (WTOC) - State lawmakers from across Georgia gather next week in Atlanta. They’ll decide issues that affect Georgians for the year to come and beyond.

But they also have things they must still handle from 2020 and this week as well.

Two area lawmakers we spoke to say the 2021 General Assembly session could be one of the most unique ever.

State senator Blake Tillery and State Representative Greg Morris spoke virtually to Toombs-Montgomery Chamber members about what they expect to see next week when they and others return to the gold dome. Tillery, who helps draft the state budget, says the priorities will be that budget, COVID-19, and election integrity.

“Questions about machines, questions about vote tallies, questions about absentee ballots, and find ways that, if we find any holes in the system, those are closed,” Sen. Tillery said.

He says election questions come after accusations of fraud from both political sides. Morris says legislators must also look for ways to help local communities deal with COVID-19′s impact on health, education, and the economy.

“The first thing we have to do is protect our businesses, protect our schools so we can continue to do what we need to here in Georgia,” Rep. Morris said.

The state house and state senate convene Monday morning.

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