ATLANTA -- State Sen. Steve Gooch, who represents District 51, was selected as chair for two state senate study committees this week.
Gooch will serve as co-chair of the Joint High-Speed Broadband Communications Access for All Georgians Study Committee and as chair of the Senate Regional Transit Solutions Study Committee.
District 51 covers a portion of northeast Forsyth, along with Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Union, White and a portion of Pickens County.
Both committees were created by Senate resolutions during this year’s legislative session and will need to report findings and recommendations and planned legislation by Dec. 1. He was selected by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for the positions.
The broadband committee will study conditions, needs and issues with high-speed broadband internet access and hear concerns from economic development, health care and education professionals who are affected by limited access.
“I look forward to studying this issue and finding solutions to bring high-speed access to rural communities throughout the state,” Gooch said in a news release. “Available and dependable broadband is just as important to job creation and retention in the 21st century as sewer and water infrastructure were in the 20th century.”
The study committee will be made up of five state senators and five state representatives.
For the transit committee, seven senate members will look into reviewing traffic and the possible role of a region-wide transit system to limit traffic congestion.
“I look forward to addressing regional transit issues and working with my fellow committee members to come up with recommendations for a system that provides reasonable and efficient solutions for local communities in the state,” Gooch said.
Gooch also serves as the Majority Whip for the state Senate.