Politics & Government

Epps to head Macon-Bibb County legislative delegation

When the state legislative session starts in January, state Rep. Bubber Epps, R-Dry Branch, will be in charge of coordinating Macon-Bibb County’s eight lawmakers as they craft local policy.

He replaces state Rep. Nikki Randall, D-Macon, the county’s senior member of the House of Representatives.

What the delegation chairman does, Epps said, is “allow for an open dialog and expression of opinions and make sure everybody has information available.”

For every county, chairing the delegation is not so much a policy-writing job as the task of wrangling all of a county’s lawmakers into a room to debate local bills.

Local bills are proposals that affect only one city or county, such as the Macon-Bibb County merger referendum.

Randall said she has been thinking for months about stepping down as delegation chairwoman. She said she was not happy being the face of certain delegation decisions, such as foot-dragging on a proposed review of county authorities and boards.

“I wish (Epps) the best,” she said. “Maybe we can move forward under new leadership.”