ATLANTA - Sen. Rick Jeffares (R - McDonough) was recently re-appointed to serve as chair of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee and as a member on several influential committees for the 2017 Legislative Session by the Senate Committee on Assignments. Sen. Jeffares’ 17th District includes parts of Newton and Rockdale counties.
“Our state’s regulated industries, such as gas and electricity, play an important role in the daily lives of citizens throughout Georgia,” said Sen. Jeffares. “It is our responsibility to vet and vote on legislation that will not only improve the lives of Georgians, but will also work to bring new opportunities and industries to our state. I am honored to have the privilege to serve as the chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee for another legislative term.”
In addition to being appointed chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, Sen. Jeffares will also serve as vice chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee, secretary of State Institutions and Property Committee and as a member on the Senate Appropriations and Ethics Committees.
“Sen. Rick Jeffares has distinguished himself as a leader in the Senate, someone who is committed to advancing the interests of every Georgia citizen,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “I look forward to his work as chair of the Regulated Industries Committee and am confident Sen. Jeffares will bring a great deal of insight to the legislation that comes before his committee.”
“The Georgia Senate is composed of individuals with a breadth of talent and experience,” said President Pro Tem David Shafer (R-Duluth). “I believe our new committee chairs and members have the right expertise to address critical issues. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that Georgia’s priorities are the Senate’s priorities.”
Once a piece of legislation is introduced in the Senate, it is assigned to a Committee, depending on its topic. If the Committee gives the legislation a “do pass” recommendation, then the proposed law is sent to the Rules Committee for consideration. The appointed chairs will oversee the operation and order of Senate committee meetings, including calling for action on bills, resolutions or other matters assigned to that committee.
The first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly convened on Jan. 9 at the Georgia State Capitol.