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April 29-- The chairman of the Banking Committee in the Georgia House of Representatives believes community banks need relief from bank regulators.

State Representative Greg Morris of Vidalia told local Rotarians, "If we don't begin having more transactions between local community banks and small family businesses, I'm afraid our economy is going to continue to lag.  That's a concern of mine for economic development because if our economy isn't growing, all the other issues we are concerned with like education and healthcare become impossible."

In addition to passing the state's $18 billion plus budget, Representative Morris believes the legislature did the right thing in passing a new ethics bill for state lawmakers.

"It was a response to voters in last year's Republican and Democratic primaries.  Before this session, the gifts a lobbyist could give a legislator was unlimited. Part of the bill now is a $75 cap on those gifts.  There are some loopholes and everybody wasn't satisfied with the bill and I wasn't completely satisfied, but in the end, it was a compromise in response to what the citizens said they wanted at the ballot box," he said.

Morris says there was less contoversy in the last session of the legislature and he credited that to the leadership of House Speaker David Ralston, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle in the Senate and Governor Nathan Deal,

"Nathan Deal is doing a fantastic job as governor.  His main focus is not controversy and he's not running for president.  He doesn't have any other objective that I can except making Georgia a better place, particular in improving education and Georgia's economy," Morris said.

House Resolution in Memory of Mary Baker Rice 

{mosimage}Representative Morris presented a resolution passed by the Georgia House in honor of the late Mary Baker Rice of Vidalia to her son, Allen Rice; his wife, Nancy, and his half-sister Jane Pickren.