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January 9--   Sen. Blake Tillery  of Vidalia has been appointed to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and the Senate Committee on Assignments.

"I am very honored and excited to join the Senate Appropriations Committee. I am thankful to Lt. Governor Cagle for the opportunity to be able to be more actively involved in our state’s budget process,” said Sen. Tillery. “I hold Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill in high regard. He has a great reputation and demeanor and I am especially excited about working with him. Ensuring that our state’s budget is both fiscally conservative and fair to our citizens is a big task, but I am optimistic that with the help of my Senate colleagues we can create a budget that advances Georgia while remembering every dollar we spend has to come from one of our citizen’s pockets."

In addition to the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Tillery will continue to serve on the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, as Secretary of the very busy Judiciary Committee, and as Vice-Chairman of the State Institutions and Property Committee.

Each piece of legislation in the Senate is assigned to a committee based on its subject matter. 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 yesterday at the Capitol in Atlanta.

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