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Rep. Bob Lane stepping down

POSTED: April 22, 2010 9:51 a.m.
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Rep. Bob Lane

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After 30 years in office, Georgia State Rep. Bob Lane is retiring.
Lane (R-Statesboro) represented North Bryan and Bulloch County. He is chairman of the House Game, Fish and Parks Committee. He has represented House District 158 since 1980, following in the footsteps of his father, Jones Lane, who held the seat for 20 years.
Part of what Bob Lane will miss is hearing the stories and memories from other representatives who shared with him their experiences in working with his father, who passed away while still in office, he said Monday.    
"Thirty years is a long time," he said. "It' been a good 30 years. I'm not retiring for any one reason -- it just felt like a good time."
Lane said he will miss the action. "There have been a lot of good experiences, and I appreciate all the people who have supported me. It's been an education -- a different kind of degree than you get in school."
Over the years, Lane rose through the ranks of House leadership. He first served as chairman of the House Industrial Relations Committee, where he played an active role in amending Georgia's worker's compensation laws reducing worker compensation rates for Georgia businesses and improving benefits for injured workers.
He later became the chairman of Game, Fish and Parks Committee, a chairmanship which he still holds today. Lane oversees the promotion, regulation and preservation of hunting and fishing and the operation of state parks and historical sites.
He is also vice-chairman of the Intergovernmental Coordination Committee and serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and House Rules Committee.  He also helped create legislation making it a “right” to hunt and fish, not just a privilege.
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