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Barry Fleming receives legislative award

Posted: August 23, 2016 - 4:05pm  |  Updated: August 23, 2016 - 11:02pm

ATLANTA — State Representative Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) recently received a 2016 Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Legislative Service Award. ACCG presented Rep. Fleming with this award during the Burke County Board of Commissioners meeting on Aug. 9.

“I am honored and thankful to ACCG for this honor and recognition,” said Rep. Fleming. “Working to better Georgia’s counties is a consistent legislative priority to me, as this will ultimately lead to a better Georgia.”

ACCG chose to honor Rep. Fleming for sponsoring HB 547, a bill that changed the way unpaid property taxes of a surviving spouse are collected in counties.

He also played a key role in addressing ACCG’s concerns on numerous other bills both in committee and on the House floor.

“ACCG is thankful to Rep. Fleming for his work on HB 547,” said ACCG Legislative Director Clint Mueller. “HB 547 is an important piece of legislation that will ultimately benefit Georgia’s taxpayers.”

Each year, ACCG presents legislative service awards to recognize Georgia House and Senate members who it believes demonstrate distinguished leadership and interest in working with county governments for the benefit of Georgia’s citizens. The annual awards have gained recognition among elected and appointed officials as a prestigious way to acknowledge Georgia lawmakers for exemplary leadership.

“ACCG is proud to recognize this year’s Legislative Service Award recipients for their devoted service to Georgia’s counties,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King.

“Their efforts are a true reflection of government working collaboratively for the overall benefit of its citizens.”

ACCG is Georgia’s county association and works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs.

Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department, ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties.

Fleming represents the citizens of District 121, which includes portions of both Columbia and McDuffie counties. He was first elected into the House of Representatives in 2002, and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

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