Sen. William Ligon Named Chairman of the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee

ATLANTA (January 15, 2013) – Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) has been named Chairman of the Senate State and Local Governmental Operations Committee for the 2013- 2014 legislative term by the Senate Committee on Assignments.

“I am honored that my colleagues have chosen me to chair the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee,” said Sen. Ligon. “In this new role, I look forward to working with members of the Georgia General Assembly to ensure fair legislation which will benefit all Georgians.”

Primary jurisdictions for the State and Local Governmental Operations Committee include special taxes, city and county organization and powers, subdivisions, and administration of special districts.

Sen. Ligon is Vice Chair of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee and also serves as a member of the Judiciary Civil, Ethics and Health and Human Services Committees.

“I’m humbled to preside over a Senate that is strongly unified and filled with individuals that are hard-working, intelligent and dedicated to solving problems,” Lieutenant Governor Cagle said. “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with Chairman Ligon, who is extremely well-versed and passionate about this important subject matter, to deliver Georgians real results on the major issues facing this State.”

“We are fortunate to have a wealth of talent and experience in the State Senate,” said President Pro Tem David Shafer (R-Duluth). “I have every 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 152nd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly convened January 14, 2013 at the Georgia State Capitol.

For Immediate Release:
January 15, 2013

For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Interim Director
Shawna Mercer, Sr. Communications Specialist