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Sen. Matt Brass Appointed Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries and Utilities

ATLANTA (January 18, 2019) | Sen. Matt Brass (R – Newnan) was recently appointed to serve as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries and Utilities and to serve on several influential committees for the 2019 Legislative Session by the Senate Committee on Assignments.

“I am honored to be asked to serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries and Utilities,” said Sen. Brass. “This committee is vital in overseeing some of our state’s most important resources such as telecommunications, gas and electricity. I look forward to working with members of all of the committees I serve on to ensure each piece of legislation receives the proper amount of time and attention.”

In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries and Utilities, Sen. Brass will serve as Chairman of the Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee, as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Tourism and as Secretary of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment.

“The Senate Committee on Assignments put great thought into our Chair – and Vice Chair – assignments,” said Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan. “Vice Chairs hold an important position in the committee leadership structure and we have assembled an incredibly prepared group of leaders – including Sen. Brass – who are ready to get to work for our state.”

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 session of the 155th Georgia General Assembly convened on January 14, 2019, at the Georgia State Capitol.


Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access Announces Third Meeting

ATLANTA (October 2, 2018) | The co-committee chairmen of the Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access, Senator Matt Brass (R – Newnan) and Representative Micah Gravley (R –Douglasville), recently announced details of the third commission hearing, scheduled to take place on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Athens, Georgia. The hearing will focus on the data and policy analysis of states already passing and implementing the expansion of low THC Medical Oil.

“We look forward to further researching what our sister states have experienced while expanding their own laws,” said Sen. Brass. “The best way to ensure we get this right is to take a hard look at the growing pains they have undergone through the implementation and regulation of existing policy.”

“The beauty of taking our time with this important initiative is that we have the opportunity to bring forward legislation that has seen success in other states,” said Rep. Gravley. “Existing state policies give us a great outline of what is working, and more importantly, what is not.”

Commission meetings are open to the public and available through live stream via the Georgia General Assembly website. All those interested in testifying before committee should contact Denese Sampson, denese.sampson@senate.ga.gov.

Established by House Bill 65, the Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access will examine in-state access to medical cannabis and low THC oil, including the security and control of the process from acquisition and planting of seeds to final destruction of unused portions of the plant; quality control of the manufacturing process and dispensing the final product. The commission will also explore and identify ways to ensure proper security safeguards and systems for evaluating the qualifications of potential licensees, as well as implement a plan to ensure that low THC oil is affordable and readily available statewide to properly registered patients and caregivers. Upcoming meeting details will be announced as available. Live stream and video archives will also be available on the Georgia General Assembly website.

WHO:               Sen. Matt Brass (R – Newnan) and Rep. Micah Gravley (R – Douglasville)
Members of the Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access

WHAT:             Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access

WHEN:             Friday, October 5, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:         University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel – Mahler Hall

1197 South Lumpkin Street

Athens, Georgia 30602


Meeting Schedule Announced for Joint Low THC Medical Oil Access

ATLANTA (July 30, 2018) | Senator Matt Brass (R – Newnan) and Representative Micah Gravley (R – Douglasville) were recently appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston (R – Blue Ridge), respectively, to serve as the co-chairmen of the Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access.

“For Georgians struggling with debilitating illnesses, access to medical cannabis oil can be the difference that allows them to live a full life,” said Sen. Matt Brass. “The Commission’s work in expanding access to low THC medical cannabis oil will improve the quality of life for many Georgia patients. We look forward to traveling the state to give citizens an opportunity to actively take part in public commission meetings. Thanks to Lt. Governor Cagle’s leadership and the efforts of many advocates from communities statewide, we are now able to work towards providing our patients access to every viable treatment option available.”

“The Georgia General Assembly has championed several pro-medical cannabis bills in recent years, and while our state has made great strides in expanding our medical cannabis program, we still have a long road ahead to ensure that hurting Georgians have safe, affordable access to medical cannabis,” said Rep. Gravley. “I would like to thank Speaker Ralston for appointing me to serve as co-chair of this important commission and I’m eager for the commission to begin its work to benefit all Georgia patients seeking relief.”

Established by House Bill 65, the Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access will examine in-state access to medical cannabis and low THC oil, including the security and control of the process from acquisition and planting of seeds to final destruction of unused portions of the plant; quality control of the manufacturing process; and dispensing the final product. The commission will also explore and identify ways to ensure proper security safeguards and systems for evaluating the qualifications of potential licensees, as well as implement a plan to ensure that low THC oil is affordable and readily available statewide to properly registered patients and caregivers. Meetings are set to begin in August and will be open to the public. Meeting places will be made available as soon as possible.

Meeting Schedule

8/29 – Atlanta:  Patient, Parent and Organizational Testimony

9/18 – Carrollton: Licensing, Dispensing, and Security

10/5 – Athens:  Other State Initiatives and Data Analysis

10/23 – Savannah:  Medical Analysis Pros and Cons

11/14 – Perry:  GA Growers and Access


Tenaska Georgia Partners Releases Scholarship Application

ATLANTA (January 25, 2018)  |  Sen. Matt Brass (R – Newnan) is pleased to announce that Tenaska Georgia Partners are currently accepting college scholarship applications from Heard County High School seniors seeking higher education.

“I am excited to see a local business give money to college-bound seniors,” said Sen. Brass. “College often brings about a financial burden on families. Seeing a company willing to give tomorrow’s leaders an opportunity to lessen their financial stress is truly inspiring. I look forward to seeing their scholarship recipients.”

Tenaska Georgia will select two college-bound seniors who demonstrate college preparedness, have good character and rank in the top 50 percent of their graduating class. They will award recipients with scholarships worth $1,500. Tenaska Georgia has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to Heard County High School seniors since 2002.

Georgia Partners was formed by Tenaska, who owns and operates the Tenaska Georgia Generating Station in Franklin, Georgia. The Tenaska Georgia Generating Station adds nearly $2.4 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy.

Sen. Brass comments, “Tenaska has proven time and time again to be a great corporate partner, willing to invest in our community, economically and educationally. Both of which are necessary to ensure growth and development in our region of the state.”

The deadline to submit applications is no later than February 15.


Sen. Matt Brass Appointed Chairman of the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee

ATLANTA (January 9, 2018)  |  Sen. Matt Brass (R – Newnan) was recently appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee and to serve on several influential committees for the 2018 Legislative Session by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and the Senate Committee on Assignments.

“It’s an honor to be appointed to serve as Chairman of the Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee for the 2018 session,” said Sen. Brass. “I want to thank Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and the Committee on Assignments for the privilege of serving as Chairman for this important committee and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and the House as we develop beneficial legislation.”

In addition to serving as Chairman of the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee, Sen. Brass also serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Secretary of the Natural Resources and the Environment Committee, as well as a member of the Education and Youth Committee.

“Georgians should have great confidence that Senator Brass will utilize this role to positively shape public policy and advance our entire state forward,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “I am confident Chairman Brass will bring insight to matters that come before the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee, building on Georgia’s status as the number one state for business and enhancing our unrivaled quality of life.”

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 154th Georgia General Assembly convened on January 8, 2018 at the Georgia State Capitol.


Sen. Matt Brass Passes First Bill

ATLANTA (March 4, 2017) | Senator Matt Brass (R – Newnan) passed Senate Bill 153, his first bill, on the Senate floor on Friday, March 3.

Senate Bill 153 would allow for the exemption of state licensing requirements in order to dispense and sell FDA approved “over the counter hearing aids” to individuals over the age of 18 with mild or moderate hearing loss.

“I am honored and thankful that my colleagues in the Senate agreed that something had to be done about the high price of hearings aids,” said Sen. Brass. “The average cost of a basic hearing aid is $2,400. It is my hope that by opening up a new market, we are able to now provide a better quality of life to those who could not otherwise afford a regular hearing aid.”

SB 153 was passed by a vote of 52 to 1 on Crossover Day, the final day in which Senate Bills can pass the Senate with enough time to receive consideration in the House before the last day of session. The bill will now move to the House for consideration.


Matt Brass Officially Sworn In As State Senator

ATLANTA (January 11, 2017)  |  Senator Matt Brass (R- Newnan) was officially sworn into his first term as a Georgia State Senator by Court of Appeals Judge Charlie Bethel during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

“I feel incredibly blessed to have the honor to serve the district which I have called home for most of my life,” said Sen. Brass. “I am committed to working hard to bring good growth and prosperity to our district, as well our state as a whole and the committees I have the pleasure to serve on reflect that commitment.”

Sen. Brass was also appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee and will serve on the Senate Education and Youth, Natural Resources and the Environment, Reapportionment and Redistricting and State and Local Governmental Operations Committees.

“The Georgia Senate is composed of individuals with a breadth of talent and experience,” said President Pro Tem David Shafer (R-Duluth). “I believe our new committee chairs and members have the right expertise to address critical issues.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that Georgia’s priorities are the Senate’s priorities.”

Sen. Brass was joined by his wife Maegan, sons Freeman and Archie and his daughter Rinny as he was sworn in, marking the beginning of his tenure as a state senator. Sen. Brass represents the 28th Senate District, which includes Coweta and Heard, as well as parts of Troup, Carroll and Fulton Counties.