Throughout my time in the Senate, I have served on a number of very important committees. As Chairman of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, we work daily to ensure that our citizens are kept safe through sound policy and legislation. As a Veteran, I fight tirelessly on behalf of Georgia’s large military population, ensuring that the well being of our service men, service women and their families remain at the forefront of legislation brought before my committee.
Committees within the Georgia General Assembly play an essential role to our legislative process. The committee does what the Senate and the House of Representatives could not do as well by functioning as a whole. Therefore, each member of the General Assembly sits on numerous committees. Once a bill is brought forth by a legislator, the bill is assigned to a committee for further review. The committee is responsible for completing the initial groundwork of what the legislation is intended to do. Committee members often call experts in the respective subject area to testify on behalf or against the proposed legislation. Once in committee the bill may have a hearing where the committee votes to move the bill forward or not. Want to learn more about Georgia’s legislative process?
Hunter is honored to serve on the following Senate Committees:
Veterans, Military and Homeland Security – Chairman
The Committee on Veterans, Military & Homeland Security has general jurisdiction over legislation related to Georgia’s Department of Defense, military personnel, Department of Homeland Security, emergency response organizations, and organizations providing service to military veterans.
Finance – Vice-Chairman
The Committee on Finance has general jurisdiction over the state’s taxing authority and revenue collections. It also deals with the financial services industry, including the securities and housing industries.
Appropriations – Member
The Appropriations Committee has broad jurisdiction over legislation involving the expenditure of state and federal funds.The only piece of legislation that is constitutionally required to pass in any given session is a balanced budget. The committee is responsible for developing the state’s budget with specific appropriations to the various government agencies, departments, and organizations on an annual basis. The committee has fourteen (14) standing subcommittees.
Judiciary Non-Civil- Member
The Committee on Judiciary Non-Civil has general jurisdiction over Georgia’s criminal laws and procedure, drug enforcement, sentencing, parole and pardons. Any legislation that carries a possibility of criminal penalties can be referred to the committee, including criminal law related to juveniles.
Reapportionment & Redistricting- Member
The Committee on Reapportionment & Redistricting has general jurisdiction over creating and updating state and congressional district lines in accordance with data from the United States Census.
The Committee on Retirement has jurisdiction over all issues related to the state’s retirement systems.
Rules – Ex-Officio
Arguably one of the most important Committee within the political process, the Committee on Rules has jurisdiction over the senate and its order of business. This includes the setting of Senate calendars for consideration of bills and resolutions on the floor of the Senate.