ATLANTA — The Association County Commissioners of Georgia recently honored state Sen. Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, with the 2015 Legislative Service Award.
Williams’ district includes Long County and a part of Liberty County. He is the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and a member of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Appropriations, Natural Resources and Environment, and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees. ACCG presented the award at its district meeting in Laurens County.
“We are elated to continue the recognition of our state leaders with the ACCG Legislative Service Awards program,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “This awards program has grown tremendously and maintains its status as a prestigious honor amongst our state lawmakers.”
ACCG is honoring Williams for his work with House Bills 170 and 106 during the 2015 legislative session. He was instrumental in helping to pass the single county Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and Transportation Investment Act self-start provisions that passed as part of the Transportation Funding Act in HB 170. Williams also spearheaded the effort to immediately pass clean-up language to the aforementioned provisions in HB 106 in order to prevent unintended consequences from having a detrimental effect on counties.
“ACCG is thankful to Sen. Williams for his work with the passage of the single-county TSPLOST and TIA self-start provisions in the Transportation Funding Act,” said ACCG Associate Legislative Director Shaun Adams. “He was instrumental in ensuring the protection of local flexibility within sales tax on motor fuel as well as options for generating additional revenue for improvements to local transportation infrastructure.”