By Maggie Lee

As the Georgia state legislature cranks up for another year, there are a few new hands on the controls, but most of the veteran lawmakers from Buckhead and Sandy Springs haven’t gone anywhere.

Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) still will lead in education. He left the House of Representatives after 10 years for a seat in the Senate and moved into the chairmanship of the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) takes five committee assignments. Reps. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) and Elena Parent (D-Chamblee) each take three.

Republican Reps. Ed Lindsey of Buckhead and Wendall Willard of Sandy Springs, both lawyers, often sit on committees that cover taxing and spending bills and much of the judiciary. Add Ethics chair Rep. Joe Wilkinson and the area’s legislators make a busy, powerful trio.

Here are 2011 committee assignments for local legislators:


Appropriations: Kathy Ashe (D-Atlanta), Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta), Wendall Willard (R-Sandy Springs); Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight: Elly Dobbs (D-Atlanta); Education: Ashe, Lindsey; Economic Development and Tourism: Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs); Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications: Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell); Ethics: Wilkinson, Lindsey, Willard; Game, Fish and Parks: Dobbs; Health and Human Services: Dobbs, Wilkinson; Higher Education: Ashe; Insurance: Wilkinson; Industrial Relations: Lindsey; Judiciary: Willard, Dobbs, Lindsey; Judiciary Non-Civil: Willard; MARTOC: Geisinger, Wilkinson; Natural Resources and Environment: Geisinger, Wilkinson; Transportation: Geisinger; Rules: Lindsey, Willard; Ways and Means: Willard.


Appropriations: Judson Hill (R-Marietta), Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta), Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta); Economic Development: John Albers (R- Roswell), Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody); Education and Youth: Millar, Albers, Fort, Tate; Ethics: Albers; Government Oversight: Hill, Millar; Health and Human Services: Hill, Millar, Tate; Insurance and Labor: Hill; Interstate Cooperation: Fort; Judiciary: Jason Carter (D-Decatur), Fort; Public Safety: Albers, Carter; Reapportionment and Redistricting: Fort, Hill; Retirement: Millar; Science and Technology: Albers, Carter; Special Judiciary: Carter, Hill; State and Local Government Operations: Tate; Urban Affairs: Carter, Fort, Tate.