ATLANTA – (December 18, 2008) Sen. Regina Thomas (D-Savannah) will end her term as state Senator of the 2nd District on January 11, 2009. Sen. Thomas has represented District 2 for almost 15 years, first serving in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998 and then in the Senate beginning in 2000. Senator-Elect Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) will succeed Thomas on January 12, 2009, when the legislative session convenes.
ATLANTA – (December 18, 2008) Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur) was interviewed by FOX Sports this week regarding his leadership in changing Georgia sex offender laws so they are appropriately applied to the crimes committed. The cases of Marcus Dixon and Genarlow Wilson, both charged with sexual offenses after having teenage consensual sex, demonstrated the need for sentencing reform. Dixon now plays for the Dallas Cowboys. Sen. Jones’ interview will air this Sunday, December 21 at 12:00 p.m. on the Fox Sports network.
ATLANTA (December 16, 2008) – The Senate and House held a joint meeting of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Overview Committee (MARTOC) today at the state Capitol to discuss an overview of MARTA’s budget and where the system stands financially. Senator John Wiles (R-Marietta) serves as vice chair of the committee with chairwoman Rep. Jill Chambers (R-Atlanta).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – (December 16, 2008) Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) has recently been elected to the Executive Committee of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) during the organization’s 32nd annual legislative conference in Washington, D.C. Chosen by 600 of her colleagues from across the nation, Sen. Seay will serve as an at-large member of the Executive Committee, replacing fellow Georgian Rep. Bob Holmes (D-Atlanta).
ATLANTA (December 16, 2008) – Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) chaired a joint meeting of the Senate Fiscal Management Subcommittee and the Best Value in Government Task Force today at the Capitol. Members of both committees gathered to discuss agency reports, efficiencies, and cost savings for the Departments of Audits, Revenue, Banking and Finance, and Administrative Services, as well as the State Accounting Office, State Properties Commission/Georgia Building Authority, Georgia Technology Authority, and the Office of State Administrative Hearings.