Published Saturday, March 02, 2013

Rep. Smith named to regional Energy and Environment Committee

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Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) Thursday announced the appointment of State Representative Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) to the Southern Legislative Conference Energy and Environment Committee.

As the presiding officer of the Georgia House of Representatives, Speaker Ralston is charged with selecting members to represent Georgia within SLC.

“I am honored the Speaker chose me to represent Georgia on the Energy and Environment Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference,” said Smith.

The Energy and Environment Committee is one of the SLC’s Standing Committees.

According to SLC, the committee has studied clean water programs and water permitting, alternative energy, the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), state compliance with federal clean air and water standards, the future for nuclear power, the role of merchant power plants, the ramifications of deregulation on Southern states, growth and sprawl, and surveyed recent legislative and state public utility activity.

Founded in 1947, the Southern Legislative Conference is the largest of four regional legislative groups operating under the Council of State Governments.

The 15 SLC member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. By working together within the SLC and participating on its committees, Southern state legislative leaders are able to speak in a distinctive, unified voice to address the issues that affect their states and the greater region.

Smith represents the citizens of District 70, which includes portions of Carroll and Coweta counties. She currently serves as chairman of the Natural Resources & Environment Committee. She also serves on the Appropriations, Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment, and Rules committees.

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