Category: Public Policy & Leadership Development

Georgia Legislative Session Update – Feb. 25
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Georgia Legislative Session Update – Feb. 25

Wednesday, February 24 completed Legislative Day 22 for the General Assembly, leaving 18 remaining legislative days. Crossover Day has moved to Legislative Day 27. We highlight some of the key legislative developments thus far: COVID-19 HB 112, Introduced by Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), passed the House 99-68. The COVID liability protection bill extends the sunset...

Gwinnett Chamber announces support of the arts – HB 226
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Gwinnett Chamber announces support of the arts – HB 226

In a time when political differences run amok, supporting the arts remains a bi-partisan mission. Earlier this month, State Rep. Gregg Kennard (D-Lawrenceville) introduced House Bill 226 with bi-partisan co-sponsorship. HB 226 would restore tax-exemption status on ticket sales at nonprofit performing arts businesses. Gwinnett is home to many nonprofit performing arts businesses, including Aurora...

Georgia Legislative Session Update – Feb 11
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Georgia Legislative Session Update – Feb 11

Thursday, February 11 completes Legislative Day 16 for the General Assembly, leaving 24 remaining legislative days. Crossover Day is Legislative Day 28. Below we highlight some of the key legislative developments thus far: Budget This week, the General Assembly passed the amended fiscal budget. The House passed the measure 165-4 then the Senate shortly passed...

2021 Georgia Legislative Session Begins
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2021 Georgia Legislative Session Begins

The 2021 Legislative Session officially commenced on Monday, January 11. During the 40 days in session, passing a balanced budget is the only constitutional mandate for state legislators. Governor Brian Kemp, in his recent State of the State Address, shared his administration’s agenda that emphasizes public education, transportation, rural investment, and healthcare. Governor Kemp also...

2021 Public Policy Agenda now available
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2021 Public Policy Agenda now available

The Gwinnett Chamber’s 2021 Public Policy Agenda is now available online. Adopted by the Board of Directors in November, the agenda identifies public policy issues that impact business at the local, state and regional levels. The chamber’s Public Policy Advisory Committee, the primary voice in advocating for members, advises and recommends positions on legislation that...

Gwinnett Chamber End-of-Year Scorecard
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Gwinnett Chamber End-of-Year Scorecard

A global pandemic, the embracement of virtual technology, and a presidential election with record turnout are just a handful of this year’s historic events. From a public policy perspective alone, 2020 is a year without its shortage of notable moments. As we look back on the year’s public policy happenings, the Gwinnett Chamber highlights three...

Gwinnett Chamber luncheon features Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan
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Gwinnett Chamber luncheon features Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the Gwinnett Chamber hosted a luncheon featuring Georgia’s Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan as the guest speaker. In a year marred with a public health crisis in the coronavirus and social unrest in an election year with heightened political divisiveness, Lt. Governor Duncan highlighted the passage of a COVID-19 liability legislation and...

Congressman Woodall: A Legacy of Service
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Congressman Woodall: A Legacy of Service

Long before Rob Woodall was elected to represent Georgia’s seventh congressional district in 2010, he was already making a difference in the lives of many Georgians. Although it rarely receives the attention it deserves, casework is an underappreciated pillar of a congressional office. However, Congressman Woodall recognized the importance of helping constituents navigate through the...

WATCH: Gwinnett Chamber Candidate Spotlight Series
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WATCH: Gwinnett Chamber Candidate Spotlight Series

The Gwinnett Chamber Candidate Spotlight Series features candidates running for State House and State Senate seats in Gwinnett County. Candidates share their thoughts why they are running and the greatest challenges and opportunities for Georgians. To watch the videos, visit www.gwinnettchamber.org/candidate-spotlight. Learn more about all the candidates by visiting www.gwinnettchamber.org/upcoming-elections/.

Gwinnett Chamber supports passage of transit referendum
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Gwinnett Chamber supports passage of transit referendum

Following the Gwinnett Chamber August board meeting, Gwinnett Chamber President and CEO Nick Masino announced that the chamber’s board approved a resolution to support the upcoming November 3 transit referendum. If the referendum passes, implementation of a 30-year, one-cent county sales tax will be used to fund transit expansion and enhancement projects and services in Gwinnett or that benefit Gwinnett.     The...

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