By Maggie Lee
As the Georgia state legislature cranks up for another year of lawmaking, there are a few new hands on the controls.
One is Dunwoody Sen. Fran Millar. He still will lead in education, but he left the House of Representatives after 10 years for a seat in the Senate this year. Still, he retained a committee chairmanship. He had headed the House Education Committee; this year, he takes the chairmanship of the Senate Education and Youth Committee.
Republican Rep. Mike Jacobs takes the chair at MARTOC, the panel in charge of MARTA legislation. He replaces Chamblee Republican Rep. Jill Chambers, who lost her bid for re-election in November.
Here are committee assignments for local legislators for the 2011 session:
House: Children and Youth: Elena Parent (D-Chamblee); Code Revision: Parent; Defense and Veterans Affairs: Parent; Economic Development and Tourism: Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody); MARTOC: Jacobs, Taylor; Regulated Industries: Taylor.
Senate: Economic Development: John Albers (R- Roswell), Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody); Education and Youth: Millar, Albers; Ethics: Albers; Government Oversight: Millar; Health and Human Services: Millar; Judiciary: Jason Carter (D-Decatur); Public Safety: Albers, Carter; Retirement: Millar; Science and Technology: Albers, Carter; Special Judiciary: Carter; Urban Affairs: Carter.