Powell takes key House chair formerly held by Calhoun rep
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.”