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Senator visits Kiwanis Club
Discusses issues facing the state

Guns, gambling and alcohol were among the many issues District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy discussed during a visit Wednesday to the Cumming Kiwanis Club.

The Republican from Cumming was invited to speak to club members, who heard from his potential political challenger during last week’s meeting.

Murphy, who was elected to the Senate in 2006, talked about his experience, service on committees and his past presidency of a Kiwanis Club before being elected to office.

He also discussed his displeasure with the 2012 transportation sales tax referendum not passing, saying it cost the county $400 million in infrastructure improvements.

He also noted the possibility of allowing liquor tastings, similar to wine tastings.

“I’m not going to allow it,” he said. “I’m not going to let a bill through my committee that has liquor tastings at liquor stores.”

Despite testimony, Murphy said an ounce of liquore is not the same as a glass of wine or a bottle of beer; it hits faster. And with several liquor stores in Forsyth, there’s no way to ensure a person wouldn’t go from store to store sampling liquor.

It’s similar to the fear Murphay harbors of allowing college students to carry guns into class. It’s one thing to allow them in locked vehicles on campus, but “it bothers me a little bit about going into the classroom.”

Still, it’s an issue he said he’d have to get more information on before making a final decision.

When asked about taxes, Murphy said he’s “in favor of going to some sort of flat tax.”

“We look at it all the time,” he added.

He also talked about the idea of generating revenue for the state through horse racing and casinos, two features neighboring states have had for years.

Murphy also highlighted some of his accomplishments during his term, including securing funding for the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, driver’s services building and the National Guard Armory.

“We have a lot more to do in the county, which is one of the reasons I’m running again,” he said.