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Speaker David Ralston Appoints Members of House Study Committee on the Preservation of the HOPE Scholarship Program

ATLANTA — Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) has appointed the following members to the House Study Committee on the Preservation of the HOPE Scholarship Program:

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Rep. Chuck Martin Introduces Legislation to Clarify Consumers’ Ability to Buy Cars Directly From Manufacturer

ATLANTAState Representative Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) recently introduced House Bill 393, legislation to make clear consumers can purchase automobiles directly from a manufacturer.

“Some claim that current law prevents consumers from purchasing cars from manufacturers and forces them to purchase a vehicle through a franchise dealership,” said Rep. Martin. “We live in a new technology centered economy in which Georgians desire and expect to purchase any product in the most efficient manner, including directly purchasing from a manufacturer. This method of direct selling to consumers has already proven effective for many companies, such as Apple, which has an excellent reputation for providing superior customer service. In order to compete in this global environment, our public policies need to reflect this new technology centered reality.”

House Bill 393, sponsored by Rep. Martin and 14 co-sponsors would neither change nor harm the existing dealer franchise system, and consumers who prefer to purchase from new car dealers will continue to have that option.

“This legislation would simply allow consumers to purchase directly from a manufacturer as long as the manufacturer has never operated a franchise network system in the state,” continued Rep. Martin. “Car dealerships generally oppose allowing consumers to buy cars direct from manufacturers in an effort to preserve the franchise model monopoly. A recent example of this is the legal petition that was filed with the Georgia Department of Revenue in an attempt to prevent Tesla Motors from selling its Model S sedan and other automobiles directly to consumers. Our bill simply seeks to allow the free market system to work, to allow car buyers to do business as they choose, and to get government out of the way.”

Representative Chuck Martin represents the citizens of District 49, which includes portion of Fulton County. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2002, and is currently the Chairman of Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight Committee.  He also serves on the Appropriations, Energy, Utilities, & Telecommunications, Regulated Industries, Science and Technology, and Ways & Means committees.

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EPA says cutting coal use might save lives

State Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, said at the Atlanta EPA hearing Tuesday that “if coal comes off the trains, all the other products that ride on the trains are going to get more expensive in your department store, in your grocery store. If you don’t believe that that will have a negative impact on the economy, then we just differ.”

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Rep. Martin comments on his appointment to the Georgia Alcoholic Beverage Code House Study Committee

Please see the following comment from Rep. Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta), in regards to his appointment to the House Study Committee on the Georgia Alcoholic Beverage Code:

“Georgia continues to be a top choice for companies to do business. I look forward to the opportunity to work with Georgians to make Georgia better and help foster a business environment where free market principles can thrive.”

For the full press release, click here.

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Rep. Chuck Martin Named Co-chair of CSG Energy & Environment Committee

ATLANTA – State Representative Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) was recently appointed as a co-chair of the Council of State Governments’ (CSG) Energy and Environmental Public Policy Committee for the 2013-2014 biennium. The committee is designed to encourage multi-state problem solving and sharing of best practices, and to facilitate networking among state officials in all three branches of government and between the public and private sectors.

“I believe North America’s economic future is directly dependent on the availability of low cost sustainable energy,” said Rep. Martin. “I look forward to serving as co-chair of the Energy and Environmental Public Policy Committee during this time of opportunity.”

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Rep. Chuck Martin Named to Southern Legislative Conference Energy and Environment Committee

ATLANTA— House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) today announced the appointment of state Representative Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) to the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) Energy and Environment Committee. As the presiding officer of the Georgia House of Representatives, Speaker Ralston is charged with selecting members to represent Georgia within SLC.

“I appreciate Speaker Ralston’s continued confidence and appointments,” said Rep. Martin. “I look forward to continuing our work to build a strong energy policy with our neighbor states in the SLC.”

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Rep. Chuck Martin Appointed to NCSL Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee

ATLANTA – State Representative Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) was recently appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge).

“I thank Speaker Ralston for his confidence and look forward to serving,” said Rep. Martin. “Energy is vital to Georgia’s future and this appointment allows me to bring Georgia’s view to the national dialogue.”

The Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee is one of NCSL’s 12 standing committees. These standing committees serve an important role in representing state interests in Washington, D.C. and in the facilitating policy innovation among the state and territorial legislatures. The committees also provide a unique forum for the discussion of major issues facing the states, which allows legislators to learn from the experiences of other states.

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Rep. Jan Jones and North Fulton Legislators to Introduce Legislation Re-establishing Milton County

ATLANTA— Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones (R-Milton) announced today the introduction of a House resolution that would allow Georgia to re-establish Milton County. Representatives Harry Geisinger, Chuck Martin, Lynne Riley and Wendell Willard will also introduce separate, identical House resolutions. The original Milton County merged with Fulton County in 1931 to avoid bankruptcy during the Great Depression.

“We are committed to a more accountable county government that satisfactorily performs only the services that are necessary and no more,” said Jones. “I believe significant reform of Fulton County this year and a continued push to re-create Milton County will deliver it.”

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