True, conservative leadership isn't just about talking. It comes down to doing the right thing. As your State Representative, I've worked hard every day to put our principles into action. That's why I've only voted for balanced budgets, worked to cut taxes and strived to preserve our values. I look forward to continuing to serve you and putting principles before politics.
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ATLANTA— House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) announced today the appointment of the following members of the Georgia House of Representatives to the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority Overview Committee:

· Representative David Knight, Chairman (R-Griffin)
· Representative Mark Hatfield (R-Waycross)
· Representative Tommy Smith (R-Nicholls)
· Representative Michael Harden (R-Toccoa)
· Representative Greg Morris (R-Vidalia)

The Georgia Rail Passenger Authority Overview Committee is a committee composed of state representatives and state senators established under O.C.G.A. 28-10-1.  The overview committee is charged with reviewing the operations, contracts, safety, financing, organization, and structure of the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority.  It also periodically reviews and evaluates the authority to ensure its legislatively created purposes are accomplished successfully.

“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen by Speaker Ralston to be Chairman. Transportation is critical to Georgia’s continued growth and job creation. I look forward to serving,” said Representative Knight.

The overview committee is composed of five members of the House of Representatives and five members of the Senate.  The Speaker of the House makes appointments for the House and the Lieutenant Governor makes appointments for the Senate.  The members of the overview committee serve terms concurrent with their terms as members of the General Assembly.  Additionally, the Speaker of the House appoints a chairman from the members appointed from the House and the Lieutenant Governor appoints the vice-chairman of the committee from the members appointed from the Senate.

ATLANTA – The Georgia House of Representatives passed House Bill 92 on Tuesday, February 22, by a vote of 148 to 20, showing broad bipartisan support for the measure. Introduced by Representative Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming), HB 92 improves Georgia’s in person, no excuse, early voting law by implementing a standard statewide early voting start date.

“HB 92 simplifies Georgia’s early voting system by creating a more consistent voting timeframe and eliminates the confusion that results from overlapping registration and voting periods,” said Rep. Hamilton. “These changes save taxpayer dollars by focusing our limited resources on funding voting times that are most convenient for Georgia voters, including a Saturday.”

Under HB 92, advance voting in Georgia general elections would begin on the fourth Monday preceding a primary and general election and as soon as possible prior to a runoff. The early voting period would then run through the Friday immediately prior to each election. During that period, early voting locations would be open during normal business hours on weekdays. Additionally, if the election includes a federal or state office, early voting locations would also be open on the second Saturday preceding an election from 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM.

Currently, Georgia’s early voting period begins at least 45 days before a federal or state general election and 21 days before a municipal general election. Careful review of this time frame consistently showed that only three percent of early voting occurs in the first two weeks of the current 45 day period. However, more than 75 percent of all early voting occurs in the last three weeks of an election.

By shortening the early voting period to three weeks and expanding access during those weeks, the state would be able to better serve Georgia voters while eliminating the unnecessary waste of funding unused early voting times. Additionally, this change would reduce voter confusion and remorse by allowing more time for Georgians to reach a fully informed decision before casting their vote.

“Georgia citizens deserve a simple and easy voting process,” said Representative David Knight. “HB 92 is an important step in streamlining our early voting process, ensure our elections are open, free, and fair in Georgia.”

HB 92 would not effect early voting by mail or absentee voting. All Georgia voters would still be able to mail their ballot up to 45 days early and request ballots up to 180 days prior to an election.

This legislation carries broad bi-partisan support from groups including the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the League of Women Voters of Georgia.

HB 92 will now be sent to the state Senate for consideration. For more information on HB 92, please click here.
Representative Mark Hamilton represents the citizens of District 23, which includes parts of Cherokee and Forsyth Counties. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2006 and currently serves as Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations, Energy, Utilities, & Telecommunications, Industrial Relations, and Transportation committees.

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January 26, 2011 – State Representative David Knight (R-Griffin) was named Chairman of the Small Business Development and Job Creation Committee last week.

“Job creation and economic growth is priority number one for the State House,” said Knight. “I look forward to working with Governor Deal, my House colleagues and the Senate to get Georgia working again.”

Knight was also named Vice-Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. The Ways and Means Committee is responsible for all legislation dealing with taxation and tax policy. Knight, a Certified Public Accountant in Spalding County, brings a unique background and high degree of experience to this critical committee.

In addition, Knight was named an ex-officio member of the Appropriations Committee, and will serve on the Banks and Banking Committee; the Games, Fish and Parks Committee; and the Higher Education Committee.

“I am humbled and honored by the trust placed in me by Speaker Ralston and the other members of House leadership. I look forward to working on behalf of the citizens of the 126th District and our entire state to move Georgia forward,” said Knight.

Knight also appointed vice chair of the House Ways & Means Committee

July 8, 2010, GRIFFIN, GA – House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) today named State Representative David Knight (R-Griffin) to the Transit Governance Study Commission.  Speaker Ralston made this announcement as a part of his address to the Griffin Rotary Club.

“Rep. Knight understands that Georgia needs one seamless transportation system, something greater than a city to city or station to station connection,” said Speaker Ralston. “He will bring a policy perspective to the commission grounded in his past work which has the potential to affect our state for decades.”

The Transit Governance Study Commission is charged with examining the feasibility of combining all regional public transportation entities into one integrated transit body.  It was created under House Bill 277, which was signed into law June 2, 2010 by Governor Sonny Perdue.  Rep. Knight is one of four state Representatives from the Atlanta Regional Commission area selected by Speaker Ralston. State Representatives Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta), Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) and Donna Sheldon (R-Dacula) were also named to the commission by Speaker Ralston.

“I am honored Speaker Ralston appointed me to this commission and look forward to serving in this capacity,” said Rep. David Knight. ”I have been committed to transit in this state for years.  I also understand how important it is for Griffin and the entire state of Georgia if we are going to improve our transportation infrastructure and continue bringing jobs to this state.”

Rep. Knight was also named vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee by Speaker Ralston.  This committee oversees legislation that affects Georgia’s state tax codes and tax policy. It derives a large share of its jurisdiction from the state Constitution which declares, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”

Rep. Knight will continue to serve as the secretary of the Higher Education Committee and as a member of the Banks & Banking and Game, Fish, & Parks committees.