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January 14, 2021 Updates

Committee Assignments Announced

Senate President Pro Tem, Dave Schatz, and House Speaker Rob Vescovo, made committee announcements this week. In the Senate, Senator Cindy O’Laughlin will continue to chair Senate Education, and in the House, Representative Brenda Shields has been named Chair of Higher Education. Both Senate and House Appropriations Committee Chairs have stayed the same, but both chambers have made some changes to the members serving on those committees. The Senate referred 80 bills to committees Thursday morning and we anticipate committee hearing notices within the next 48 hours.

2021 Committee Chairs:

House Higher Education Committee
Rep. Brenda Shields (R) - Chair
Rep. John Black (R) - Vice Chair

House Budget Committee
Rep. Cody Smith (R) - Chair
Rep. Dirk Deaton (R) - Vice Chair

House Subcommittee on Appropriations - Education 
Rep. Rusty Black (R) - Chair
Rep. Brenda Shields (R) - Vice Chair

Senate Appropriations Committee 
Senator Dan Hegeman (R) - Chair
Senator Lincoln Hough (R) - Vice Chair

Senate Education Committee
Senator Cindy O’Laughlin (R) - Chair
Senator Rick Brattin (R) - Vice Chair


Dr. Choi Visits the Capitol & New Member Meetings

Tuesday morning Dr. Choi visited the Capitol to meet with incoming Senators and several new House Members. During those meetings he discussed higher education funding, NextGen, and policies that are set to be hot topics this coming session. In addition to the meetings Tuesday, the Office of Government Relations has spent most of the week at the Capitol meeting with newly elected legislators and sharing information regarding our four campuses, research and outreach through our Extension Offices. We have provided members our priorities sheet, outlined funding requests for FY22 and discussed policies that will be headed through the process in the next couple weeks.

Reviewed 2021-01-20