State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, has been appointed by Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for the $20 billion annual state budget.
Williams, who has represented Liberty County in the General Assembly for the past 12 years, will be one of two Democrats serving on the Public Safety Subcommittee of the Appropriations panel. The House and Senate appropriations committees will meet in joint session Wednesday for hearings on the amended budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 as well as the annual budget for fiscal year 2015.
“I appreciate the confidence that Speaker Ralston has shown in appointing me to the Appropriations Committee,” Williams said. “I take this new responsibility very seriously and will work diligently to ensure that our budget priorities meet the state’s greatest needs, and that the concerns of Coastal Georgia are heard in the process.”
In addition to his new position, Williams also serves on the Rules Committee, which controls the flow of legislation through the House of Representatives. Williams is one of five Democrats in the House serving on both the Appropriations and Rules committees, along with Minority Leader Stacy Abrams of Atlanta, Minority Whip Carolyn Hugley of Columbus and Reps. Stacey Evans of Smyrna and Calvin Smyre of Columbus.
Williams also is the ranking Democrat on the House Transportation Committee and serves on the Economic Development & Tourism and Game, Fish & Parks committees.
The 2014 session of the General Assembly begins Monday.