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Legislator wants to hear from business owners
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ATLANTA — State Rep. Delvis Dutton, R-Glennville, is seeking input from small businesses in Liberty, Evans, Tattnall and Wayne counties for an initiative under way in the Georgia House of Representatives to review and evaluate Georgia’s current regulatory environment.

The effort, called Red Tape Watch, will be carried out by the special committee on small-business development and job creation throughout the 2012 legislative session.

The committee, chaired by Rep. David Knight, R-Griffin, will meet periodically throughout the session to hear directly from small-business owners. These hearings will allow small-business owners and operators an opportunity to discuss ways the state can streamline the government bureaucracy that impedes their ability to do business efficiently.

The committee would like to hear from as many industries as possible in order to create a comprehensive list of areas in need of regulation reform. Once this list is compiled, the committee will begin work on reducing burdensome regulations, easing compliance and ensuring Georgia small businesses no longer are hindered by outdated and oppressive state regulations.

Small-business owners who would like to participate in this process can voice their concerns at

The special committee on small-business development and job creation was created in January 2010 to focus on sustaining and growing small businesses in Georgia and thereby creating job opportunities for Georgians.

The committee’s next meeting will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in room 506 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.

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