Legislators address Chamber members at May meeting

Several state-level elected officials spoke to Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce members at the May Chamber Member Meeting on May 20.

The May Membership Meeting was the first in-person meeting the Chamber had hosted in more than a year, and the turnout was extremely positive. Approximately 120 members attended.

State Senator Carden Summers, Representative Clay Pirkle and Representative Sam Watson updated Chamber members about what the state legislature is working on in Atlanta.

Summers spoke about the new election law, saying that it was needed to make elections safe and secure. The law sets new rules for ballot drop boxes and addresses absentee voting.

Pirkle said that while a lot of people are focused on legislation involving elections, elected officials in Atlanta have passed many other laws. He informed attendees about a new law that gives farm equipment right of way on local roads, a bill that increases tax credits for families adopting children, and a bill that better addresses “porch piracy,” where thieves steal delivered packages.

Watson talked about a bill that allows two farmers to become business partners and still qualify for individual tax exemptions. He also spoke about Southern Regional Technical College’s $2 million allocation towards a diesel technology program.