Have you ever visited our State Capitol in downtown Atlanta? Have you always wanted to visit, but thought you had to go with a group with a scheduled appointment? That’s not the case at all! In fact, someone from Neighbors Against Greenhaven, Concerned Citizens in Opposition to Greenhaven or DeKalb Strong is there on any given Wednesday. Come on down and see how our Georgia government works. You’re free to go in the chamber to view the proceedings of either the Georgia House of Representatives or Georgia State Senators.
The DeKalb Delegation holds a weekly meeting throughout the current legislation session. It is held every Wednesday. The Delegation consist of all of the State House Representatives and Senators that represent all or a portion of DeKalb. See their schedule below.
All of DeKalb legislators are usually in attendance and there is a recap of bills that have been or are going to be introduced.
Usually there is a special topic for the day as well. Today’s topic was the Carl Vinson Institutes (CVI) study on the effects of Cityhood on DeKalb County. The study determined the cityhood efforts of Greenhaven and Vista Grove would have a negative impact on DeKalb County. Vista Grove would cause the DeKalb County to lose $24 million and Greenhaven would cause the DeKalb County to lose nearly $3 million. The difference is that Vista Grove proposes to have a police force. Greenhaven would still use DeKalb County Police, Fire and Water, so not much difference than what we have now.
I encourage you to take a visit to our State Capitol when you get an opportunity to see how the laws that effect us on a daily basis are presented, debated, reworked, debated again and then either become law or wither away only to be dug up from the grave.
House Delegation Meeting Schedule
Location: Cloverdale Legislative Office Building (CLOB) – Room 514 – every Wednesday (this is a stone building across the street from the Capitol) 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA 30334
Exception: February 4th meeting will be on Tuesday, Room 216 of the Capitol Building
Time: All meetings will start at Noon or immediately following the floor adjournment. Suggest arriving by 11:30 a.m.
February 12, February 19 and February 26, 2020
March 4, March 11, March 18, and March 25, 2020
Additionally, the delegation will host a legislative Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, February 25
Location: Porter Sanford Auditorium, 3181 Rainbow Dr, Decatur, GA 30034
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Program is from 6:30pm to 8:00 p.m.
Parking at the Capitol:
The closest public parking lot is located one block from the Capitol at 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (at the former World of Coca-Cola building). Parking fees apply. Please call 404-872-8868 for additional information about this lot.
Take Marta. It’s Smarta. Exit at the Georgia State station and it’s a short 4 minute walk. Head down Piedmont towards MLK. Once you cross the street it becomes Capitol Ave. Turn right until you see the front lawn and as you turn left you’ll see the large steps to the entrance.
Photography is allowed throughout the building, except, no photography is allowed in the chambers while in session. The shots below we’re taken Tuesday, Feb 4, though stock photography was acquired for photos