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.
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.
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