Archive for April, 2010

Sen. Wiles Unanimously Elected as Majority Whip

ATLANTA (April 29, 2010) – State Sen. John Wiles (R-Kennesaw) today was unanimously elected to the position of majority whip by the Senate Republican Caucus.  Wiles had been the chief deputy whip for the 2010 Legislative Session.

“I’m honored and humbled that my colleagues called me to serve the people of Georgia and the Senate in this leadership role.  I will continue to serve the people of Georgia, my district and the Republican Caucus with conservative values and integrity,” said Wiles. 

Wiles was appointed as the Chairman of the Special Judiciary Committee in 2009. Wiles continues to support and practice fiscal conservative values. He has supported family and children’s issues throughout his political career. He has championed the HERO scholarship which helps those in the military reserve and their families pay for higher education. Since 2004 the scholarship has awarded over $640 thousand dollars to those deserving applicants. He has supported measures to reform Georgia’s public defender system in an effort to reduce costs and alleviate the burden on tax payers.

He has also increased penalties for unlicensed drivers. Before his time in the Senate, he served in the State House of Representatives. Professionally, Sen. Wiles is a managing partner of the law firm Wiles and Wiles which specializes in commercial real estate litigation.

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Sen. John Wiles serves as Chairman of the Special Judiciary Committee. He also serves on Finance and Insurance He represents the 37th Senate District which includes a portion of Cobb County.  He may be reached by phone at 404.657.0406 or by e-mail at john.wiles@senate.ga.gov.

For Information Contact:
Raegan Weber, Director
Raegan.Weber@senate.ga.gov
404.656.0028

Staton Elected Senate Republican Caucus Vice-Chairman

ATLANTA (April 29, 2010) – The Senate Republican Caucus announced Thursday the election of State Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon) as its caucus vice-chairman.  As vice-chair, Staton will be heavily involved in shaping the current majority party’s agenda and strategies going forward entering a critical 2010 election cycle into the 2011 General Assembly

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Trauma Funding in GA may soon be a Reality

ATLANTA (April 29, 2010) – Critical funding for Georgia’s trauma care network may soon be a reality from legislation sponsored by Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon).  Senate Resolution 277, which passed the Georgia General Assembly today, would create the Georgia Trauma Trust Fund (GTTF) if Georgia voters approve the measure this November.  The fund would become the state’s first dedicated funding source for the statewide trauma network, possibly generating up to $90 million a year.

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Georgia Property Owners Triumph with General Assembly passage SB 346

ATLANTA (April 29, 2010) – Georgia’s property owners triumphed in the General Assembly today with the Georgia House and Senate overwhelmingly passing Senate Bill 346.  Championed and authored by Senate Majority Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), the Property Tax Assessment and Appeals reform bill is aimed at ensuring all Georgia properties are properly assessed at Fair Market Value and that property owners have guaranteed rights to appeal. This is the most sweeping overhaul of the Georgia property tax system in decades. (more…)

Sen. Shafer Champions Firearm Legislation

ATLANTA (April 28, 2010) – State Senator David Shafer (R-Duluth) recently led his colleagues in the General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 291.  The legislation will make several changes to various provisions related to concealed weapons permits.  Shafer sponsored the bill through the Senate while Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) carried it through the House.  (more…)