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.