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Local leaders take requests to lawmakers
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Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas (facing back) talks about a chart as, from left, state Rep. Al Williams, House Speaker Glenn Richardson and Liberty County Commissioner Connie Thrift listen. - photo by Submitted / Coastal Courier
ATLANTA - The city of Hinesville, Liberty County Commission, Liberty County Board of Education, Liberty County Development Authority and Liberty Regional Medical Center recently hosted state legislators at a legislative reception in Atlanta.
The Liberty County delegation presented several ideas to lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Tommie Williams, Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill, Speaker Glenn Richardson, Rep. Calvin Smyre and Liberty County's own Rep. Al Williams.  In addition, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was represented at the meetings. BG (ret.) Phil Browning, director of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee, and Tom Ratcliffe, Georgia Department of Economic Development board member, also attended.
Local leadership requested funding for a new DFCS building, as well as asked for six months of state funding for the Diversity Health Center.  In addition, the group addressed the need for continuation of ad valorem tax for education in order to retain federal impact aid funds, an increase in public library capital outlay grants from $2 million to $4 million and support for a planned application for a grant to fund a new library, funding support of a proposed east end medical clinic (to possibly include EMS and fire station components), and funding support of critical transportation needs.
Williams lauded the success of Liberty County's second consecutive reception.
"We were extremely fortunate to have had significant players from both the House and Senate present at the event," the Midway Democrat said. "Those in attendance were interested and engaged in our requests, and they seemed receptive to helping us meet our needs in Liberty County."
The Liberty County leadership hosted the reception for legislators.  Joe Tanner & Associates helped sponsor the event.
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