District 17 State Rep. Howard Maxwell, R-Dallas; District 19 State Rep. Paulette Braddock, R-Hiram; and District 67 State Rep.-elect Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, agreed transportation will be a major issue during the session.
“I don’t know what we will do transportation-wise,” Maxwell said.
Highway 92 needs to be widened and state officials need to know the importance of the project to Paulding County, Maxwell said.
In the wake of the recent Sandy Hook school shootings action to change gun control laws likely will be proposed to legislators, Braddock predicted.
“I think gun rights are going to be a big issue,” Braddock said.
She said she plans to work to protect residents’ gun ownership rights if legislation is proposed which would infringe on them, she said.
Gravley said the more guns are controlled, the more crime will ensue.
“I will not see any infringement on our Second Amendment rights,” Gravley said.
Maxwell said he does not foresee any success at tightening gun laws.
“Gun control, I just don’t see it working,” Maxwell said.
Legislators likely will see legislation proposed on education, he said. “Education is a big deal because it’s about 50 percent of the budget,” Maxwell said.
He said there is a need to fund more technology in schools, because the budget for such equipment has been cut in the past.
Braddock said she will be working to make schools a more effective learning environment.
Gravley is working to tour all of the schools in his district to see if there is anything he can do to help increase safety, he said.
“I am interested in looking at our resource officers program,” Gravley said.
Maxwell said he wants to work on enhancing the school nurse program. The program will not be cut, Maxwell said.
Directly affecting Paulding County is the recent change in state designations from a tier three county to a tier four county.
The change removed some state tax credits Paulding could have used to recruit industry to the county, Maxwell said. He said he wants to find out how Paulding was evaluated before it was placed in a higher tier.
Gravley’s district covers the southwest part of Paulding County, and most of west Douglas County. Maxwell’s district is west Paulding, including the city of Dallas. Braddock’s district includes east and central Paulding, including the city of Hiram.