Lt. Governor Cagle Announces 2017 Senate Study Committee Appointments

July 27, 2017

ATLANTA, July 27, 2017 – Lt. Governor Casey Cagle has announced appointments to the Joint Transparency and Open Access in Government Study Committee, Joint Study Committee on Stream Buffers, Senate Study Committee on Homelessness and the Senate Stroke Trauma Study Committee. These study committees will evaluate potential legislative reforms to address the challenges facing Georgia’s families, businesses and communities. Findings will be submitted to Lt. Governor Cagle, who will offer recommendations to the General Assembly ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session.

“Our legislators are dedicated to developing lasting solutions that address the issues Georgia’s citizens encounter every day,” said Lt. Gov. Cagle. “These study committees allow law makers to partner with experts to seek ways in which we can improve the lives of Georgians. Each committee will examine the specific subject matters to identify ways to move our state forward.”

Lt. Governor Cagle has made the following appointment for 2017 Senate Study Committees:

Joint Transparency and Open Access in Government Study Committee (Senate Resolution 130):

Senator Chuck Hufstetler, Co-Chair

Senator Fran Millar

Senator Jeff Mullis

Senator Freddie Powell-Sims

Larry Gerdes, Pursuant Health

Joel Zemel, McKesson Corporation

Patty Lavely, Gwinnett Medical Center


Joint Study Committee on Stream Buffers (Senate Resolution 152):

Senator Frank Ginn, Co-Chair

Senator Ben Watson

Senator William Ligon

Senator John Wilkinson

Senator Steve Henson

Harold Reheis, Citizen

Phil Munro, Citizen

Brandon Smith, Citizen


Senate Study Committee on Homelessness (Senate Resolution 352)

Senator Renee Unterman, Chair

Senator Donzella James

Senator Michael Rhett


Senate Stroke Trauma Study Committee (Senate Resolution 412)

Senator John F. Kennedy, Chair

Senator Renee Unterman

Senator Dean Burke

Senator Ben Watson

Dr. David Hess, Augusta University – Medical College, Dean

Dr. Joe Sam Robinson, GA Neurosurgical Institute

Dr. Christopher Hendry, Navivent Health

Kiva Schindler, Emory School of Med. Neuroscience


For more information on the 2017 Study Committees, including the companion legislation outlining each committee, please visit: