Join us for our annual Legislative Luncheon on Friday, June 2nd from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Rivertown Community Church as we hear from our State Delegation as well as representatives on behalf of our US Delegation.
Sponsored by Anderson Columbia, this Special Government Affairs Legislative Luncheon will provide a recap of the latest session and a glimpse into the future of any upcoming special sessions.
Senator George Gainer, District 2, currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and the Vice Chair of the Senate Tourism and Commerce Committee. He was born in Jackson County and later moved to Washington County and then Bay County where he served as a County Commissioner for many years. He was elected to the Senate in 2016 unopposed.
Representative Brad Drake, District 5, currently serves as the Chair of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee and as the Vice Chair of the House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee. He is a resident of Eucheeanna. Brad served in the House from 2008-2012 and was re-elected in 2014.
Under the leadership and partnership of Senator Gainer and Representative Drake the new state budget includes five major items that will benefit Jackson County:
• At the top of the list is funding for a new K-8 school. The Legislature including the first year of funding for the project -- $19,059,807. The School District will receive two additional years of funding at the same level to replace Golson and Riverside elementary schools and Marianna Middle School with one combined K-8 school.
• Jackson Adults with Disability Program will receive just over $1 million to serve county residents with disabilities.
• Chipola College is appropriated $526,541 to install underground utilities and another $200,000 for its civil and industrial engineering program.
• The City of Marianna will receive $350,000 to construct a public safety administration building.
• The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will receive $150,000 to help replace its aging radio dispatch system
For more information contact the Chamber at 850-482-8060. This is a free event. However, we do request that you register in advance at www.jacksoncounty.com