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Georgia Lawmakers to Launch Session with Big Party

Staff Photo: Alice Queen<br>Sen. Ronald Ramsey, D-Lithonia, discusses the recently completed 2010 Georgia General Assembly on Thursday during the Conyers Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast held at Rockdale Medical Center. David Shipp, right chairman of the Chamber’s governmental affairs committee listens along with Lauren Wilkes, director of government affairs of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and Bart Gobeil, chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s office.

Staff Photo: Alice Queen
Sen. Ronald Ramsey, D-Lithonia, discusses the recently completed 2010 Georgia General Assembly on Thursday during the Conyers Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast held at Rockdale Medical Center. David Shipp, right chairman of the Chamber’s governmental affairs committee listens along with Lauren Wilkes, director of government affairs of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and Bart Gobeil, chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s office.

The Georgia General Assembly's annual session doesn't convene until Monday.

But, unofficially, it begins Sunday night.

And lawmakers will do it in fine Southern style: booze, food, fun and, of course, more than a little informal lobbying.

It's called the Wild Hog Supper.

The event is a staple since 1962.

Sponsored by a nonprofit called Friends of Agriculture Foundation Inc., the party raises money for the Georgia Food Bank Association.

But the foundation is essentially a collection of lobbyists who will spend the next three months asking lawmakers for votes.

The supper offers those interested parties face time with the state's leaders, including Gov. Nathan Deal and other statewide elected officials.

Deal will present his 2014 budget proposal and address a joint session Thursday.


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