State Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale, center) said the Clayton County Legislative Delegation will become more involved in advocating the community's needs in the upcoming legislative session.
MORROW The Clayton County Legislative Delegation will do a better job of promoting the county’s needs in the upcoming Georgia General Assembly session, said State Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) Thursday.
Over the last two years, the county’s delegation has been criticized by some municipal leaders for not putting forward requested local legislation. Some delegation members have, in turn, criticized county and municipal leaders of making decisions about what legislation should be drafted without consulting the delegation.
During a recent economic development public forum, some residents also said they saw the delegation as both a weakness and a threat to the county.
Seay said a better Clayton County Legislative Delegation will show up under “The Gold Dome” of the state Capitol in 2013.
“You’re going to see a delegation that is connected, moving forward, bringing Clayton County to the forefront,” Seay said. “We, as a delegation, have got to stop allowing folks to paint us the way we aren’t. We have to define ourselves and if we don’t do it nobody else will.”
The senators comments were in response to the large turnout of delegation members at an annual Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update Breakfast. Seven of the delegation’s nine members attended the breakfast, where legislators take questions from business leaders and talk about their plans for the upcoming legislative session.
That turnout was larger than the usual turnout for the breakfast. Chamber of Commerce President Yulonda Beauford said the event typically draws as many as five legislators, but it rarely gets the turnout seen Thursday. Last year, only four members of the delegation attended the breakfast.
“This is the largest turnout of the delegation that we’ve had in a number of years,” Beauford said. “We’re very excited to have so many of them here, ready to hear from the business community and ready to continue to work with us in the upcoming legislative session.”