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Sen. Tommie Williams Appointed Chair of the
Senate Transportation Committee
ATLANTA (January 14, 2015) | Sen. Tommie Williams (R – Lyons) has been named chair of the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2015- 2016 legislative term by the Senate Committee on Assignments.
"The network of roads, waterways, bridges, railways and runways are some of Georgia's most valuable resources," said Sen. Williams. "I'm honored Lieutenant Governor Cagle and my colleagues have entrusted me to chair the Senate Transportation Committee as we begin a new legislative term. Our transportation infrastructure has played a defining role in our state's storied history and, together, we can continue our work to maintain our world class reputation while investing in a better future for our children and grandchildren."
The jurisdiction of the Transportation Committee includes legislation relating to highway safety, regulation of intrastate common carriers, including railroads, buses, trucks, vessels, pipelines, and civil aviation. Also included are inland waterways and any other means of transportation.
Sen. Williams was also selected as a member of the Natural Resources and Environment, Judiciary, Appropriations, and Reapportionment and Redistricting Committees.
"I appreciate Sen. Williams taking on these critically important leadership roles in the Georgia Senate. Like all of us, he is committed to building a better Georgia. I look forward to working closely with Sen. Williams during the upcoming session to move our state to a stronger and more prosperous future," said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.
"The Committee on Assignments worked hard to match every senator to positions where they could best serve the people of Georgia," said President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth).ý "I have great confidence in our new committee leadership team."
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 term of the 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly convened January 12, 2015 at the Georgia State Capitol.
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Sen. Tommie Williams represents the 19th Senate District, which includes Appling, Jeff Davis, Long, Montgomery, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, and Wheeler counties and a portion of Liberty and Tattnall counties. He can be reached at 404.656.0089 or by email at email@example.com.