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Some Ga. Lawmakers To Hold Town Halls During Recess

Aug 9, 2017

Congress is in recess, and now that Georgia's lawmakers are home, some are holding town halls.

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Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is set to meet with constituents Wednesday night in Gainesville. Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson is scheduled to do so next Monday, Aug. 14 in Kennesaw.

Meanwhile, Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, is on tour this week. He's hosting forums in nine different cities along the Georgia coast.

Other members of Congress, like Reps. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, and David Scott, D-Atlanta, are organizing community events on specific topics, like small businesses and health care.

Bradford Fitch, president of the nonpartisan nonprofit Congressional Management Foundation, said it's typical to see more of these events this time of year.

"The big town hall meeting window of course is the August recess because that's usually a four to five week window,” he said.

Fitch said overall, his group hasn't seen much change in the number of town halls being held this year as opposed to a couple of years ago.

However, there has been a lot of attention on town halls recently, he said.

Lawmakers who have avoided the public forums have faced criticism, while those who have held them often run into protesters.

Some lawmakers now have opted for telephone town halls. Georgia's newest Republican member of Congress, Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, has one of those scheduled for Aug. 29.