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House Leaders Endorse Morris
Tuesday, 29 October 2013

October 29--  Key leaders of the Georgia House of Representatives are endorsing the re-election of Greg Morris to a ninth term for the 156th District  House seat.


(L-R) House Majority Leader Larry O'Neal, House Speaker David Ralston, Representative Greg Morris, House Pro Tem Jan Jones and Republican Caucus Chairman Matt Hatchet.

The group attended a Vidalia fundraiser where House Speaker David Ralston urged local voters to send Morris back to Atlanta.

"He's a valuable member of the team and that's why it's important for us to be here today to send that message loud and clear," the Speaker said.

Morris is facing opposition in next May's Republican primary election from former Navy SEAL Lee Burton of Vidalia.

Speaker Ralston's visit coincided with a public hearing in Vidalia by members of the House and Senate Education Committees.  He's hopeful the legislature can help local school boards with more state funding when it meets in January.

"I think we're close to seeing light at the end of the tunnel.  I appreciate that it's been a tough time for local governments and particularly for school boards.  We had a positive session for education last year and I'm hopeful we'll have an even more positive session this year," he said.

He also expects some action will be taken on the federal government's common core curriculum standards.

"We'll take a look at that.  The Governor has also asked the state Department of Education and the state school board to look at this in a very detailed and very thorough way.  I think with that and the work the House and Senate Education Committees are doing, we're going to really drill down into this subject so we can know what's true and what's not true and what's really in the best interest of Georgia's children," Ralson said.

Speaker Ralson doesn't expect much to happen regarding tax reform in Georgia during next year's session.

"I'm not sure how much of that we will be doing this session.  I'm hoping within a year or two we can go back and pick up the whole subject of tax reform.  You can't really reform one part of it without it effecting another part of it, so you really have to do it as a package," he observed.

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