Wild Hog Supper, Other Legislative Events to Spur Return of State Legislators in 2022

Wild Hog Supper, Other Legislative Events to Spur Return of State Legislators in 2022

The iconic January events that typically usher in a new Georgia legislative session are set to return in 2022 with a mix of in-person and virtual options.

This year, state leaders will once again rub shoulders with a smorgasbord of barbecue and other southern foods to raise money for the Georgia Food Bank Association when the Wild Hog Dinner returns. The legislative launch event was canceled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two other annual legislative briefings – the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Annual Breakfast and Georgians for a Healthy Future Clear Healthcare – also return with in-person options after virtual-only settings last year.

The series of events often provides a glimpse of what is to come in the legislative session.

Still, as the pandemic emerges with the delta and omicron variants, some events still offer people the opportunity to log in via their smartphones or other devices to find out what experts and state leaders have to say.

The Georgia Institute for Policy and Budget’s in-depth discussion of how healthcare workers have been treated during the pandemic will only be available to view online, while Georgians for a Healthy Future requires in-person attendees to be vaccinated, but it also offers people the opportunity to experience it virtually.

Calendar:

January 9: The Georgia Food Bank Association’s largest fundraiser returns with another celebration of agriculture with its long-running hog drive to benefit the Farm to Food Bank program. The Wild Pig’s Dinner brings together state legislators and agricultural leaders to mingle on the eve of the legislative session.

January 10: The Georgia Assembly returns for the second year of its legislative session with a short day of haggling over the calendar. But the election year fireworks are expected to erupt quickly after a controversial year in which election law, redistricting and other important issues dominated.

January 11: Georgians for a Healthy Future will host its Uncoded Health Care Eventwhere the featured speaker is Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. The event offers people the opportunity to register virtually, but if you attend in person at Georgia Freight Depot, you must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask.

January 12: Approximately 2,500 business leaders, elected officials, lobbyists and important personalities fill the tables to hear legislative priorities at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Egg Breakfast and Trouble. After last year’s virtual reunion, the event is scheduled for this year at the Fox Theater in downtown Atlanta.

January 13: Governor Brian Kemp will deliver his annual State of the State Address at the State Capitol.

January 20-21: Georgia Institute for Policy and Budget is hosting a free online event for two and a half days. Insights 2022: Treat health workers as essential, not invisible.

January 27: The Georgia First Amendment Foundation hosts a free online legislative breakfast as an expert panel of attorneys, government officials, and journalists discuss government transparency and other First Amendment issues expected to emerge during the legislative session.

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