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Georgia Legislative Black Caucus meets in Albany

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The largest state legislative black caucus in the country is right here in the Peach State.

For the first time, that group will meet outside of metro Atlanta.

The lawmakers from across Georgia are in Albany for a seminar on Policy and Urban Politics.

"We want to tour the state to get a first hand knowledge of what's going on," said Sen. Freddie Powell-Sims, (D) Albany.

Freddie Powell-Sims is one of the 53 members who will get a chance to have a dialogue with some of the people their decisions impact.

"We wanted to bring them to southwest Georgia to talk to out constituents and say, these are the things that are going to be important to our people," said Powell-Sims.

"I felt that it was important to get the legislators out of the gold dome," said Sen. Emanuel Jones, (D) Decatur.

Senator Emanuel Jones is the chairman of the caucus; they represent the more than 2.5 million African Americans in Georgia.

"Our goal is to represent the interests of not just African Americans but all citizens in the state of Georgia," said Jones.

"Our agenda is pretty much the agenda of all people; education, economic development, health issues," said Powell-Sims

This weekend's seminar is designed as a participatory workshop, and hopefully senators and representatives will leave with a plan of action to help solve issues in the areas they represent.

"We're going to have a dialogue with the public we have an exciting panel discussion, members of the caucus are going to participate and we're going to take questions from the audience," said Jones.

And they've asked the community to come out and ask those questions to better help them shape the laws which govern our state.

"My title says state senator it doesn't say Decatur senator or Atlanta senator it says state senator," said Jones

All of the seminar events will take place at Albany State.

There will be health and wellness screenings and vendors from 8:30AM to 11:30AM.

The GLBC Seminar sessions start at 9AM in the ACAD Auditorium.

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