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:
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
Economic Development: John Albers (R- Roswell), Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody)
Education and Youth: Millar, Albers, Fort, Tate
Government Oversight: Millar
Health and Human Services: Millar
Judiciary: Jason Carter (D-Decatur)
Public Safety: Albers, Carter
Science and Technology: Albers, Carter
Special Judiciary: Carter
State and Local Government Operations: Tate
Urban Affairs: Carter