Ralston moves to set up rural advisory council

[private]At the urging of Speaker David Ralston, the Georgia House is moving quickly to set up a special advisory council that will spend the next 20 months trying to come up with ideas for spurring economic growth in the state’s rural counties.

The vehicle for this study group is HR 389, which would create a council comprised of 15 House members.

Their mission, as stated in the resolution, will be to review the challenges facing Georgia’s rural areas and recommend possible legislation for dealing with these issues.

The House Economic Development & Tourism Committee gave the resolution a “do pass” recommendation Tuesday after hearing a brief speech from Ralston, who is one of the resolutions co-sponsors.

“We see it every day in rural Georgia and I think this is a great first step,” said Rep. Terry Rogers (R-Clarkesville).

“This council is not intended to be a public works program,” Ralston said. “I am not interested in government creating jobs.”

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