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Rep. Rick Jasperse to speak at Squires & Stags’ June 1 meeting

By Bennett Whipple

“The Distracted Driving Bill was very controversial from the beginning and still is,” says State representative Rick Jasperse, Squires & Stags’ June 1 speaker, in an e-mail about this year’s legislative session. It’s because it changes what we do in our cars, he says.

Jasperse will talk about this legislation in his report on the 40-day session to the men’s breakfast group at its monthly Friday morning meeting. Other controversial issues included bills on the the creation of cities and small cell wireless technology, he says.

You may register for the meeting now by clicking Squires & Stags June 1 meeting

Jasperse is serving his eighth year in the State Legislature representing the 11th House District which consists of Pickens County and parts of Gordon and Murray counties.

He is chairman of the Higher Education committee and serves also on Appropriations, Health & Human Services, Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Human Relations & Aging, Special Rules and Public Safety & Homeland Security committees.

The state budget is also a major piece of legislation each year, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee , it’s where he spent most of his time. “The Trump tax cut and how it affected our budget was very important and it allowed us to decrease the states personal income tax for the first time in history,” he says.

As a member of the Rural Development Council, he traveled extensively over the state in 2017 listening to rural issues. He worked on the health care bill for the council. It was hard work, he says, but the committee was successful in the end in accomplishing a number of things to improve rural health care in Georgia.

He is a member of several House committees including chairman of the Higher Education committee ,Appropriations, Health & Human Services , Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Human Relations & Aging ,Special Rules and Public Safety & Homeland Security.

Jasperse is also chairman of the State Career and Technical Education Oversight Committee, chairman of the School Safety Study Committee for 2018 , Member of the House of Representatives Rural Development Council, and Georgia National Fair Oversight Board.

Jasperse is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s School of Agriculture and is well known for his many years of service as county agent in Murray and Pickens before entering the political scene.

He is also active in the Jasper community serving on various boards and clubs including the Mountain Conservation Trust Board, Chattahoochee Technical College, and Appalachian Cattlemen’s Association's Board.

He’s been a long-time member of the Jasper Rotary Club and was president of the Pickens High School Tip-Off Club while his kids played Basketball there. He is married to Marcia Jasperse.

Squires & Stags meets in the Mountains Grille at the Clubhouse at Lake Sconti. Coffee is ready at 7:45 a.m. followed by a buffet breakfast served at 8:00 a.m. Big Canoe residents and guests are invited to attend the meeting. The price of breakfast is $13 payable on your POA account or by cash at the door.

Reservations are required and must be received by Noon on Thursday before the Friday morning meeting. For online reservation links, watch for the POA “Happenings & Events” e-blast and the Smoke Signals e-blast, both issued weekly.

Use of the online reservation system is encouraged, but if it’s not available you may call Kim Cooper at (706) 268-3346 to make reservations.

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