Rep. Shaw receives Champion of Small Business Award

9/23/2013

State Rep. Jason Shaw was recently presented with the Champion of Small Business award from the National Coalition for Capital.

"I am honored to have received this award from the National Coalition for Capital," said Rep. Shaw. "I proudly represent small businesses in Georgia, and I will continue to work to preserve and create jobs within the state."

During the ceremony, Rep. Shaw was recognized for his demonstration of leadership in supporting policies and initiatives designed to promote access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

"This award recognizes Representative Shaw's important work to preserve and create jobs through access to capital policy that helps Georgia businesses grow and develop," said Michael Votta, President of the National Coalition for Capital. "Representative Shaw has demonstrated he is a champion of small business, and his efforts will have an enduring positive impact on Georgia."

Rep. Shaw was honored along with 24 other legislators and officials from across the nation. The National Coalition for Capital hosts an annual awards ceremony during the week of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit to recognize individuals for taking a leading role in fostering access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The National Coalition for Capital is a non-profit, nationwide coalition of leaders supporting economic development and job creation through long-term access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Rep. Shaw's metal theft law a success throughout Georgia

A new Georgia law introduced and passed by Rep. Jason Shaw in 2012 to crack down on the problem of metal theft is achieving successful results across the state. Georgia has seen a 98 percent reduction in air conditioning thefts, according to The Augusta Chronicle. Georgia Transmission, which builds and maintains high-voltage transmission lines and substations, saw a 43 percent decrease in thefts earlier this year as compared to last year.

In Gwinnett County, Police Chief Charlie Walters has reassigned members of his department's metal theft unit because of a decrease in those incidents since enactment of Rep. Shaw's legislation. "In a nutshell, he's reassigned them to other areas of property crimes ... to give them more to do!," Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Legislative Liaison Susan Lee said an email to Rep. Shaw and Sen. Renee Unterman. "The metal theft legislation that you two shepherded through the process is working SO WELL, resulting in large decreases in reported metal thefts, with the end result being that there's no longer a need for a dedicated unit to investigate these thefts. What great news for our citizens!"

Rep. Shaw said, "I'm happy that the bill we worked hard to craft last year has become the model piece of legislation in the country because of how successful it has been in curbing metal thefts. I applaud the secondary metals recycling industry in Georgia also for working hard to comply with the law and their help in drafting the law to ensure that the industry could continue to prosper as well. It is very rewarding for me personally to know that that all of the work we put into this issue has worked so well."

Groups honor Rep. Shaw for legislative service

Rep. Jason Shaw has recently received the Champion in Government Award, presented during the 2013 Georgia Governor's Tourism Conference at Stone Mountain, hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau. Rep. Shaw was honored for his legislation to establish the Georgia Grown 37 Trail, which is the first of several new agritourism trails in the state. He has been working with other members of the 37 Trail Association to plan for the upcoming roll-out of the new program, which will feature many attractions in South Georgia. The trail will be promoted with funds generated by members of the association.

Rep. Shaw also received the Legislator of the Year Award, presented by the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors Georgia Chapter for his work on legislation approved this year to help more Georgians to access group life insurance plans by allowing discretionary groups, such as church congregations, to apply for group status.

Rep. Shaw addresses insurance issues with regulators at national meeting

Rep. Jason Shaw recently attended the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Summer National Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.

"Regulators and legislators need to be on the same page when addressing critical financial issues in our state," said Rep. Shaw. "Many states share the same concerns as we do in Georgia and we all benefit from these open dialogues where we can learn from each other, as well as share insights into what works."

The NAIC invited Rep. Shaw to join more than 30 legislators from 26 states and territories to consult with insurance regulators from across the country at its 209th National Meeting. The ongoing mission of NAIC is to encourage state policymakers to provide input on regulatory issues. Rep. Shaw engaged regulators on state and regional issues that impact insurance consumers including modernization of the regulatory framework, ongoing market regulation activities and promotion of the insurance marketplace.

"Protecting constituents is at the core of what I do," said Rep. Shaw. "And this meeting was the perfect forum to gather information and build relationships that impact insurance policyholders in our state."

The NAIC is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review, and coordinate their regulatory oversight. NAIC staff supports these efforts and represents the collective views of state regulators domestically and internationally. NAIC members, together with the central resources of the NAIC, form the national system of state-based insurance regulation in the U.S.

Rep. Shaw also attended the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) annual conference in Atlanta earlier this summer. He serves on the NCSL Labor & Economic Development Committee, having been appointed by House Speaker David Ralston. Rep. Shaw will attend the NCSL Emerging Leaders Conference Oct. 28-30 in Beaverton, Ore.


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