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MARTA updates, cannabis and concealed weapons bills discussed at town hall
by Christine Fonville
March 18, 2014 09:09 AM | 2961 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Along with education concerns addressed at a town hall meeting last week in Dunwoody, District 40 State Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, and District 80 State Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, talked to DeKalb residents about future plans for MARTA as well as bills concerning concealed weapons permits and legalizing medical marijuana.

Jacobs applauded MARTA’s new director, Keith Parker, and said the next steps for MARTA would be privatizing certain aspects of the company’s operations.

“Things like payroll and cleaning buses and trains are all privatized and all mandated in a new bill,” Jacobs said. He added MARTA “has turned around and is operating in black again.”

“This is significant because it enables us to start putting together something truly seamless,” Jacobs said. “One place we’ll definitely start working on is the website. Having a single website to plan a trip on MARTA and GRTA sounds like a no-brainer, but there is currently no place on the Internet to do that right now.”

Millar agreed that making updates and changes to the way MARTA functions and runs was important because regional transit is something the city has to have.

“I’m encouraged,” he said. “It’s about jobs and getting people to work, which is critical. We need mass transit for us to be successful.”

Millar said updates to safety, such as cameras on every bus, will be mandated to increase ridership.

Both Millar and Jacobs also spoke about their support for the medical marijuana and concealed weapons bills.

“The medical cannabis bill did pass the House because I think we recognized in this particular proposal that there are families in Georgia considering leaving this state for places like Colorado that do allow medical cannabis for treatment of seizure disorders,” Jacobs said.

“Frankly, the bill got overwhelming support and yes votes and only a handful of no’s in the House.

“I hope ultimately it will pass because it is the right thing to do for kids and families.”

Of the concealed weapons bill, Jacobs said he supported it because “folks who go through the process to get concealed carry permits are not the ones who are causing problems in society and folks causing problems are likely to get their hands on guns anyway.”

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