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POSTED: January 22, 2008 5:03 a.m.
State Rep. Roger Lane visited the eighth graders at Walker Middle School on Dec. 17.
Lane, who represents the 167th District, told the Georgia studies students about the duties and responsibilities of his job as a state representative.
He discussed the work of committees and how legislation is prepared and moved through the Legislature, Senate and the governor’s office. One of the key topics addressed was the importance of people becoming involved in government.
He told the students the future of democracy depends on citizens being informed and actively involved in the affairs of the government throughout the year and not just on election days.
Lane also told the students what each part of the Georgia Flag represented and then presented a flag to the school to be used in the Georgia studies classroom.
When asked how visits from public officials benefit students in today’s schools, Lane said, “I hope it creates more interest on their part and helps to provide a better learning environment. I also hope it makes them want to become more involved in government in the future.”
He also said, “I’m proud of the Long County school system. They have done a good job, and are setting an example for other small school systems in the state.”
Carolyn Swindell, who teaches Georgia Studies and organized Lane’s visit said, “We really appreciate Rep. Lane taking the time out of his busy schedule to come here and speak to the students. They got to hear first hand what an elected official does while serving.”
Lane serves on the following committees: Judiciary, Code Review, National Resource and Environment, State Institutions and Property, and is vice chairman of the Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee. He has been a representative since 2004.
 

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