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Mon May 27, 2019, 07:59 AM

Lawmakers resume work on bills to help struggling rural Georgia

Some of Georgiaís most powerful lawmakers are renewing their efforts to revive rural communities, a push that so far has resulted in incremental steps toward internet access, health care and business growth.

Though many small-town Georgians may not have seen much of a difference, members of the Georgia House of Representatives plan to continue their work to turn around economic stagnation, hospital closings and population losses in rural parts of the state.

The House Rural Development Council recently restarted its work for at least two more years, crafting legislation to support sparsely populated areas.

The boldest bills proposed by the council during its first two years havenít passed, including measures to fund internet construction, expand rural transit and give tax incentives to professionals to move to rural towns.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/lawmakers-resume-work-bills-help-struggling-rural-georgia/Mt6WJpzftgC5KFWvz3mb2J/

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