“I am honored to have been selected to serve on four vital Senate Committees, and thankful to my constituents for their constant support,” said Senator Van Ness. “I am confident that my experiences in early childhood and k-12 education as well as my eight year tenure as a county commissioner will enhance my role as a member on these committees.
I’m passionate about strengthening Georgia’s future, and I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass effective legislation that will benefit not only District 43, but will continue to improve our state as a whole.”
Senator Van Ness was appointed to serve as a member of the Economic Development and Tourism, Education and Youth, Health and Human Services and State Institutions and Property Committees.
“The Georgia State Senate’s top priority is preserving Georgia’s reputation as a leading state for business development, job creation and educational opportunity. I look forward to working directly with Senate leadership in order to find real solutions for Georgia’s most significant and pressing issues,” said Lt. Governor Cagle.
“We are fortunate to have a wealth of talent and experience in the State Senate,” said President Pro Tem David Shafer (R-Duluth). “I am confident that our new committee chairs and committee members will do great work.”
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 second session of the 153rd Georgia General Assembly will convene January 11, 2016 at the Georgia State Capitol.