Jef­fares ap­pointed as co-chair of Joint Study Com­mit­tee

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Sen. Rick Jef­fares (R– McDonough), a New­ton County del­e­gate, has been se­lected by Lt. Gov. Casey Ca­gle to serve as co-chair of the Joint State Com­mis­sion on Petroleum Pipe­lines Study Com­mit­tee.

“Over the next sev­eral months, my col­leagues and I will be­gin study­ing the cur­rent en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts of pipe­line sit­ing, con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion, and eval­u­at­ing the ways we can stream­line this process while main­tain­ing the in­tegrity of our states nat­u­ral re­sources,” Sen. Jef­fares said. “I look for­ward to con­duct­ing an in-depth re­view of this im­por­tant is­sue and gath­er­ing feed­back from cit­i­zens through­out the state.”

“Sen. Jef­fares has a proven track record in ad­dress­ing the needs of our cit­i­zens and will be an in­valu­able re­source as the Co-Chair of the Joint State Com­mis­sion on Petroleum Pipe­lines Study Com­mit­tee,” said Lt. Gov. Casey Ca­gle. “I’m con­fi­dent he will ex­am­ine the is­sues at hand and pro­vide new leg­isla­tive rec­om­men­da­tions to the Gen­eral As­sem­bly as we pre­pare for the 2017 Leg­isla­tive Ses­sion.”

The State Com­mis­sion on Petroleum Pipe­line Study Com­mit­tee was cre­ated by House Bill 1036 dur­ing the 2016 leg­isla­tive ses­sion. As stated in the bill, the com­mit­tee will be 13 mem­bers; three mem­bers of the Se­nate, three mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the di­rec­tor of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Di­vi­sion of the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, the com­mis­sioner of com­mu­nity af­fairs and five mem­bers ap­pointed by the Gov­er­nor. The State Com­mis­sion on Petroleum Pipe­line Study Com­mit­tee will re­view the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts and the le­gal and reg­u­la­tory struc­tures as­so­ci­ated with pipe­line sit­ing, con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion, as well as ex­am­ine the pur­pose and ex­tent for the use of emi­nent do­main. The com­mit­tee must re­port its find­ings on or be­fore Dec. 1, 2016.

Sen. Jef­fares will also serve as a mem­ber of the Joint High-Speed Broad­band Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ac­cess for All Ge­or­gians Study Com­mit­tee and the Joint Al­ter­na­tive Fu­els In­fra­struc­ture and Ve­hi­cles Study Com­mit­tee.

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