State Representative Al Williams (D-Midway) was recently appointed to serve as a member of the Special Committee on Economic Growth by Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge). The Special Committee on Economic Growth will solicit input on potential new industries in Georgia.
“I am excited for the opportunity to serve on this special committee and thankful to be appointed by Speaker Ralston,” said Rep. Williams. “As my colleagues and I continue to work to bring new industries to Georgia, I look forward to exploring legislative solutions that will create new jobs in our communities and increase tax revenue to support our state’s important budgetary needs.”
The Special Committee on Economic Growth will look at industries which may wish to enter the State of Georgia and would require legislation creating a new regulatory framework. State revenue collected from such new industries could be used to fund specific programs like education, healthcare or infrastructure needs.
The special committee will be led by three House chairmen who will serve as co-chairs of the special committee: Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee; Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell), Chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee; and Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), Chairman of the Economic Development & Tourism Committee. The other members of the special committee include State Representatives Shaw Blackmon (R-Bonaire), J. Collins (R-Villa Rica), Ginny Ehrhart (R-Marietta), Matthew Gambill (R-Cartersville), Penny Houston (R-Nashville), Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta), Miriam Paris (D-Macon), Steven Sainz (R-Woodbine), Michael Smith (D-Marietta), Dale Washburn (R-Macon) and Rick Williams (R-Milledgeville).
Representative Al Williams represents the citizens of District 168, which includes portions of Liberty County. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002 and currently serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and the Economic Development & Tourism, Game, Fish & Parks, Rules and Transportation committees. He is a member of the Working Group on Creative Arts & Entertainment.