Bibb Delegation Listens to Community’s Concern Heading into 2014 Legislative Session – 41NBC

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Bibb Delegation Listens to Community’s Concern Heading into 2014 Legislative Session – 41NBC

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – During Tuesday’s Bibb legislative delegation meeting, state leaders met with city and county agencies to hear their wish list of things to consider heading into the 2014 legislative session.

The Bibb County Board of Education says its primary concern is the teachers. School board member Lester Miller asked state leaders for a one percent raise for all employees, which would equal $1.5 million. He also asked them to restore one percent of the BOE’s budget.

Miller says in the past, the BOE hasn’t worked well with the delegation, but believes it has shown progress. He adds he understands the state is in a budget crunch, but hopes the state leaders who ran on improving education platforms will step up.

“They wanted to know are we still top heavy, are we taking steps ourselves to get our finances in order,” Miller said. “Based on the questions that were asked to me and my local board members, I feel like they asked the right questions and they show that we have made progress and perhaps they’ll consider giving us more money this year.”

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis asked the local delegation to look into the state’s current rape and juvenile shield confidentiality laws to clarify what can be released to the public.

“We asked them to go back and look at that and sort of make some clarity in the statute so law enforcement agencies and the media will know exactly what information can be released about rape victims and juveniles,” Davis said.

Another hot topic during the meeting was how Payne City will be affected by consolidation. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert says the town will have to pay its own taxes on top of the new government taxes. He’s hoping to work with the city to come up with a solution.

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