Rep. Billy Maddox joined his colleagues at the capital in Atlanta Monday for the start of the 2009 legislative session.
Spending cuts were ordered by Gov. Sonny Perdue last year and state agencies had to cut their budgets and freeze salaries.
He has with him this session local legislation he plans to introduce.
Maddox is being asked to move legislation to rename state highways in Pike in honor of prominent citizens. One is naming part of Highway 19 for the late Shi Holmes, a local historian and former clerk of superior court who died in 1999. Commissioners passed the resolution in January 2003 and revisited it last fall.
There may be other legislation Maddox will be asked to sponsor.
Earlier this year the school board agreed to move forward with senior tax relief to increase the exemption from school taxes for citizens 65 and older to $50,000 and provide a total exemption from school taxes for citizens age 70 and older. They would apply only to the school portion of property taxes.
Maddox said he hopes the legislature can minimize the effect on local school budgets.
Affecting not only Pike but the entire state are transportation, school vouchers and a proposal to cap the rate at which home assessments could rise.