Politics & Government

Bibb legislators getting together

Bibb County legislators will sit down with other local leaders this morning to talk about what they all want to get out of the coming legislative session.

The meetings, at the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce’s offices, will start about 8:30 a.m. and run through lunch time, said state Rep. David Lucas, the Bibb delegation’s longest-serving member.

At 8:30 a.m. the chamber will make its presentation to the delegation, followed by the Georgia Forestry Commission, NewTown Macon, Central Georgia Health System and the Bibb County Board of Education, which is slated to start its presentation about 10 a.m. The city government is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., the Macon Water Authority for 10:50 a.m. and the Bibb County Commission for 11:30 a.m., according to a schedule Lucas provided.

These meetings are generally open to the public, though they are informal and a time for local leaders to discuss the legislative session that begins in January, as opposed to a public hearing.

Perhaps the most pressing local issue facing this delegation is a proposed increase in the local hotel-motel sales tax that would support the Georgia sports and music halls of fame. After failing to pass the increase earlier this year, legislators have committed to working more closely together and getting the tax through in the coming session.