Saturday, February 17, 2007

House Committees Announced

During Monday night’s session, Speaker Joe Hackney announced the 44 House committees and subcommittees, which will meet during the 2007-08 session. After many discussions with members of the House Democratic and Republican caucuses, and careful consideration of their requests and suggestions, Speaker Hackney decided to create four new committees and restructure several others that have met in previous years.

The House of Representatives will now have committees that will focus on agribusiness and agricultural economy; energy and energy efficiency, which I will chair; juvenile justice; and mental health reform. Several committees will also focus on slightly different issues or have expanded responsibilities than in previous years, including: Commerce, Small Business, and Entrepreneurship; Federal Relations and Indian Affairs; Homeland Security, Military, and Veteran Affairs; and Ways and Means.

I will serve on the following committees: Energy and Energy Efficiency as Chair; Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources, Vice Chair; Environmental and Natural Resources, Vice Chair; Appropriations; Education; Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform; Judiciary I; and Public Utilities. I will also continue serving on Environmental Review Committee.

For a complete list of all House committees, go to: asp?sAction=ViewCommitteeType&sActionDetails=House% 2oStanding.

Senate President Pro Tern Marc Basnight, D-Dare, recently announced the Senate committees, which will meet during the next two years. For a complete list of all Senate committees, go to: asp?sAction=ViewCommitteeType&sActionDetails=Senate %2oStanding.

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