07/26/14 — News-Argus to host legislative breakfast

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News-Argus to host legislative breakfast

By Staff Reports
Published in News on July 26, 2014 11:46 PM

Want to hear firsthand what is happening in Raleigh and to ask your state representatives a question or two?

This coming Thursday will be your chance.

The Goldsboro News-Argus, in conjunction with the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor an end-of-session legislative update breakfast on Thursday, July 31, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Lane Tree Conference Center, 2317 Salem Church Road.

Local legislators who have been invited include District 5 Sen. Don Davis of Snow Hill, District 7 Sen. Louis Pate of Mount Olive, District 4 Rep. Jimmy Dixon of Mount Olive, District 10 Rep. John Bell of Goldsboro and District 21 Rep. Larry Bell of Clinton.

They will have an opportunity to talk about their accomplishments during the short session, and what is on the horizon for the next long session.

Issues expected to be discussed include Common Core, Medicaid, the military, small businesses, teacher pay, transportation and agriculture.

Davis represents part of Wayne, all of Greene County and part of Lenoir and Pitt counties.

Pate represents most of Wayne and parts of Lenoir and Pitt counties.

John Bell represents parts of Wayne, Greene, Lenoir and Craven counties.

Larry Bell represents parts of Wayne, Duplin and Sampson counties.

Dixon represents parts of Wayne and Duplin counties.

The legislative short session got under way at noon May 14. During a similar breakfast attended by more than 100 people and held just prior to the start of the short session, the five local lawmakers had expressed hope that the session would be concluded by the end of July, if not sooner.

However, budget disagreements between the House and Senate, and even the governor, continue to hold up that adjournment.

Also during the breakfast, legislators asked residents to share their comments and questions about state politics and priorities.

The cost for the event is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.

To register, call the Chamber at 919-734-2241 or go online to www.waynecountychamber.com.

Also, those who would like submit a question should send them to kated@waynecountychamber.com.

The deadline to register or to submit a question is Tuesday at 5 p.m.