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Officials discuss goals for 2016

Officials are gearing up for the new year and discussing their goals for 2016. Officials are gearing up for the new year and discussing their goals for 2016.
Representative Ed Rynders Representative Ed Rynders
Senator Greg Kirk Senator Greg Kirk
Lee County Chairman Rick Muggridge Lee County Chairman Rick Muggridge
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

The 2016 General Assembly session opens January 11th. 

Monday evening, Representative Ed Rynders and Senator Greg Kirk spoke about what they expect.

One major issue lawmakers plan to tackle is coming up with a new funding formula for school systems.

They also expect to address how to improve underperforming schools and help the economy by increasing and freight transportation through rural Georgia. 

"The port in Savannah is very important, the inland port in Cordele is extremely important. I think we'll be looking at some ways to enhance freight transportation needs in Georgia," said Representative Rynders.

"Increasing our scores for our children as well. You know we need to have, and we do have a lot of  good education systems in our state and we need to bring all of them up," said Senator Kirk.

They said that they will be looking to find common ground on a religious freedom bill and the First Amendment Defense Act aimed at defending the traditional definition of marriage. 

Both lawmakers also met with local government officials in Lee County Monday night.

County commissioners, school board members, and city councilors from Leesburg and Smithville met at the Grand Island Golf Course to discuss their goals for this year.

County leaders say they plan to continue recovering from recent floods, hire a new county manager and finalize Fire and EMS strategies. 

"We've continued to do some transportation projects that relate to an economic development. So, we'll be working on Forrester, the Westover Extension, Marlow, those projects are on going," said Lee County Chairman Rick Muggridge.

The county also has plans to renovate the courthouse this year.

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