State Rep. Dusty Hightower, R-Carrollton, and state Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, will host the town hall meeting. Rep. Micah Gravley, who represents a portion of Villa Rica, will also be on hand to answer questions from residents in his district.
“This is for us to open up and ask people questions,” said Dugan. “It’s not going to be one where we sit and talk for a good bit and everyone gets tired of listening and goes away. The intent is to get feedback from the constituents.”
Dugan has co-signed several bills, including one that would have eliminated Georgia’s state income tax. Gravley has introduced a bill that would limit public access to graphic 911 calls and co-signed on a bill to outlaw synthetic marijuana, while Hightower sponsored legislation that would allow Fairfield Plantation, a gated community, to remain a voting precinct.
Each also has a say in some decisions made at the county level which must get approval from the local state delegation before taking effect.
Dugan said what he actually hears most about from constituents is gun rights and the Second Amendment.
“We don’t have anything pending on any type of Second Amendment legislation to alter anything at all,” he said. “They are more concerned about saying ‘please don’t,’ and we are not.”
Dugan has also spoken about introducing term limits for the Georgia General Assembly. If it does come to pass, the local delegation won’t need to worry for some time. Dugan and Gravley are both in their first terms in the Legislature.
Anyone living in the area is encouraged to attend.
“The intent is to get feedback from our constituents,” Dugan said.
Hightower emphasized the need for town halls.
“Town hall meetings are a necessary tool used to stay in contact with the constituents of our district,” he said. “We all use email, text and phones every day to communicate, but I am a firm believer that nothing beats a face-to-face conversation, and a town hall meeting lets us do that.”
The town hall meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Villa Rica municipal court room, 100 Main Street in downtown.