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Forsyth state legislators sworn in, to chair committees
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District 9 state Rep. Kevin Tanner.

Forsyth County’s newest state lawmaker was sworn into office last week and began his first term during the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly.

State Rep. Todd Jones, a south Forsyth resident who serves District 25, took his oath of office on Monday, Jan. 9, which was the first day of the first term of the 154th Legislative Session in Georgia.

“I am ready to hit the ground running,” Jones said. “For nearly a year now, I have been lucky enough to work closely with my predecessor, Mike Dudgeon, in order to prepare myself to really get to work on legislative Day 1.”

Jones won the state position unopposed in November after winning the Republican primary early last year. District 25 covers south Forsyth and north Fulton.

In his first move as state representative, the Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named Jones to the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight, the Economic Development and Tourism and the Industry and Labor committees.

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State Sen. Michael Williams

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The senator who represents Forsyth County was appointed to serve as the chairman for the Senate Appropriations Sub-Committee on Fiscal Management and General Government as be begins his second term in office.

“It’s important we keep a close eye on our government’s spending actions, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Williams said.

Once legislation is introduced in the Senate or House, it is assigned to a committee, depending on its topic.

If the committee gives the proposed bill a “do pass” recommendation, it is sent to the Rule Committee for consideration.

Appointed chairs oversee the operation and order of committee meetings, including calling for action on bills, resolutions or other matters assigned to each committee.

Williams will also serve as secretary of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and as a member of the Senate Appropriations, Ethics, Finance and Public Safety committees.

“Sen. Michael Williams has distinguished himself as a leader in the Senate, someone who is committed to advancing the interests of every Georgia citizen,” Lt. Governor Casey Cagle said.

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State Rep. Kevin Tanner

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State Rep. Kevin Tanner, a Republican from Dawsonville whose District 9 includes portions of Dawson, Forsyth and Lumpkin counties, was named chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

He will also serve as secretary on the Intragovernmental Coordination Committee and as a member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Education, Natural Resources and Environmental and Special Rules committees.

“Improving our transportation infrastructure is not only important to our entire state,” Tanner said, “but it is extremely important to the citizens that I serve.”