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Hall lawmakers maintain House committee slots
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ATLANTA — Members of the Hall County delegation to the Georgia House of Representatives were returned to their previous committees by House leaders, who announced their appointments late Wednesday.

Rep. James Mills, R-Chestnut Mountain, was reappointed as chairman of the House Banks and Banking Committee. Mills is secretary of the powerful Rules Committee that decides which bills will ultimately reach the House floor. He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, was reappointed as a vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Rogers will also serve on the Insurance, Health and Human Services and Transportation committees.

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, was named secretary of the Children and Youth Committee. He also serves on the Health and Human Services, Non-Civil Judiciary and Public Safety and Homeland Security committees.

Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, was reappointed as secretary of the Education Committee and will also serve as secretary of the Retirement Committee. He also serves on the Natural Resources and Transportation Committee.

State Rep. David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, whose district includes a portion of Dawson County, received a demotion for his decision to unsuccessfully challenge House Speaker Glenn Richardson.

Ralston, who had been chairman of the House Non-Civil Judiciary Committee, was named vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He also lost his position on the Rules Committee. Ralston’s other new committee assignments are Appropriations, Governmental Affairs and Transportation.

State Rep. Amos Amerson, R-Dahlonega, was reappointed chairman of the Science and Technology Committee. Amerson also serves on the Appropriations, Higher Education and Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications committees.

The three new members of the House from Northeast Georgia received their committee assignments on Wednesday.

Rep. Stephen Allison, R-Blairsville, was named to the Banks and Banking, Children and Youth, Higher Education and Judiciary committees.

Rep. Rick Austin, R-Demorest, was named to the Children and Youth, Education, Motor Vehicles and Ways and Means committees.

Rep. Michael Harden, R-Eastanollee, was appointed to the Children and Youth, Economic Development and Tourism, Higher Education and Motor Vehicles committees.

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