Senator Tolleson: Update from the State Capitol | Arts & Culture
It was another busy week at the Capitol as I spent the majority of my time meeting with constituents and celebrating and commending the hard work they do throughout the year.
It’s always exciting to work with members of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) which is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia. On Sunday, I spoke on a legislative panel for the GMA Environment and Natural Resources Council. It was an educating experience as we exchanged and discussed issues such as water supply, waste management and air quality and how the legislature is working daily to improve these areas. I was privileged to spend time with District 20 mayors, Mayor James Faircloth of Perry and Mayor Chuck Shaheen of Warner Robins, at GMA’s Mayor’s Day Conference. This conference attracts mayors from across the state and provides workshops and training courses to further their skills as leaders.
The Gold Dome welcomed hundreds of guests from across the state this week including members of our outstanding Georgia National Guard. It was nice to welcome these men and women along with former senator and current Major General Jim Butterworth to thank them for their service to our great state. I admire the countless hours spent away from their families serving our great state and am proud to live in a state with such a brave and committed National Guard.
We welcomed members of the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival Committee on a day dedicated to the Georgia Economic Development Association (GEDA). This committee works diligently to produce an event that is both an economic boost for the town of Dublin and a great way to get out and socialize with other community members. For over forty years this committee has done a great job putting on this event which has grown into a major local attraction and since been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Local emergency physicians visited the Capitol this week where I had the chance to meet and discuss potential issues facing the healthcare industry. I want to thank these men and women who provide access to quick and excellent service to the citizens of District 20 and for taking the time to visit me in Atlanta.
I was invited to attend an event in honor of all the Grammy nominated artist from Georgia. Artists such as the Zac Brown Band were in attendance to celebrate their hard work. I want to congratulate all the nominees and wish them luck at the Grammy Awards in February.
For the next several months, I will be spending a lot of time at the Capitol working on behalf of you this Session. If there are any issues you wish to have addressed, I would love to hear from you. I look forward to continuing my service on behalf of my constituents in the 20th Senate District. Georgia is on the right track. I am confident that the steps we take this year will mean lasting prosperity for future generations of Georgians.