Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

The 2015 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum included a panel discussion on enhancing opportunity, featuring (from left) Robert Doar of the American Enterprise Institute, Logan Pike of the Heartland Institute and Bill McGahan of Georgia Works!

Lawmakers, business owners and policy experts convene in Atlanta Friday to plan ahead for the 2020 legislative session and dissect the regulatory environment of Georgia.

The Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is a platform to discuss limited-government proposals and innovative legislation approaches, according to the coordinators.

“Each forum plays on Georgia’s motto of ‘Wisdom, Justice, Moderation,’ and this year is no exception,’” Benita Todd, vice president, Georgia Public Policy Foundation, wrote.

Georgia Public Policy Foundation started the forum in 2010 as a way to discuss issues ahead of the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January. Todd said the forum has analyzed issues such as diversity, criminal justice, education, health care, poverty privatization, transportation, taxes and the tri-state water wars.

The theme of this year’s forum is “Wisdom, Justice, Mobility.”

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan will open the event while speakers will also include Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, Rep. Brett Harrell and House Speaker David Ralston. 

One of the highlights of the event is slated to be a presentation by the members of Gov. Brian Kemp’s Georgia First Commission.

The commission was appointed by Kemp to focus on small business development by reviewing state regulations and policies and streamlining government spending.

Executive Director Scott Hilton and Co-chairman Cade Joiner will speak about the commission’s efforts and outlooks Friday.

Keynote speaker James Broughel of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University will break down the regulatory environment in the state.

“Nearly a half-million Georgians must obtain a license from the state to do their jobs,” Todd wrote. Comparable obstacles such as transportation and education will also be discussed at the forum.

Other speakers include Katharine Stevens of the social welfare think tank, American Enterprise Institute. She will discuss breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty through early childhood development.

The forum, which is being called “the opening shot” to the legislative session, is scheduled to take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. 

Staff Reporter

Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.