Committees

My primary committee assignments are budgetary: Joint Ways and Means and its subcommittees. In addition to the committees detailed below, I also serve on workgroups and task forces covering specific topics such as Department of Motor Vehicles modernization. Previous assignments have included Joint Ways and Means Subcommittees on Human Services, General Government, Public Safety, and Capital Construction; House Committee on Health Care; House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development; Passenger Rail Leadership Council;  and a State Radio Project oversight group.  For an up-do-date list see Committee Assignments by Senator or Representative

Standing Committees

Joint Committee on Ways and Means (JWM), Co-Chair

Ways and Means, sometimes called “the budget-writing committee” of the Legislature, is comprised of members from the House of Representatives and from the Senate.  The committee reviews recommendations from the seven subcommittees, requests to submit proposals for grant funding, and budgets deriving money from sources including taxes, fees, grants, federal allocations, lottery proceeds, and other sources. 

Joint Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology, Co-Chair

This joint House and Senate committee is responsible for overseeing information management and technology projects and proposals for state government agencies.

Joint Committee on Legislative Audits

This joint House and Senate committee is responsible for overseeing audits for state programs and government agencie, including coordinating with the office of Secretary of State.

Emergency Board (“E-Board”)

Evaluates and acts on items needing immediate attention when the Legislature is not in session.  For example, if a program needs legislative approval to continue or end, or if approval is needed to expend federal funds.