Pow­ell takes key House chair for­merly held by Cal­houn rep

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A South Ge­or­gia law­maker has been tapped to head the leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee that de­cides which bills make it to the House floor for a vote.

Rep. Jay Pow­ell, a Repub­li­can from Camilla, was pro­moted to the role on Tues­day, mak­ing him one of the most pow­er­ful law­mak­ers un­der the Gold Dome. With­out his sup­port, a bill will stand lit­tle chance of ad­vanc­ing.

The move leaves open the chair­man’s seat on the com­mit­tee tasked with writ­ing tax laws, trig­ger­ing a domino ef­fect that will play out over the next week as law­mak­ers re­turn to At­lanta for the new leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

Pow­ell re­places John Mead­ows, R-Cal­houn, a north Ge­or­gia law­maker who held the role for seven years be­fore dy­ing of can­cer in Novem­ber 2018.

“I think John would be real pleased that Jay’s the one to step in his place,” said Rep. Penny Hous­ton, R-Nashville.

Rep. Ja­son Ri­d­ley, R-Chatsworth, who shared a county with Mead­ows, echoed that sen­ti­ment: “You can never re­place John Mead­ows, but Jay Pow­ell would prob­a­bly be the clos­est.”

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