Local representatives assigned to committees

Friday, January 11, 2013 | 3:53 p.m. CST; updated 3:20 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 12, 2013

COLUMBIA – Two Boone County representatives will serve on the House Higher Education Committee this session, while the county's lone senator will retain his spot as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Committee assignments were passed out this week, and here is the result for Boone County lawmakers:

Both Rep. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, and Rep. John Wright, D-Rocheport, will take their place on the Higher Education Committee. Both are newly elected representatives.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, will continue as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, will be chair of the House Appropriations for Infrastructure and Job Creation Committee.

Kelly will stay on the House Budget Committee, along with Rowden and Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia. Kelly also will serve on the Agri-Business, Health Care Policy and Judiciary committees and Webber will serve on the Workforce Development and Workplace Safety and General Laws committees.

Rep. Caleb Jones, R-California, will chair the General Laws Committee and will be vice-chair of the Rules Committee. Although this is Jones' third year as a representative, he will represent Boone County for the first time after redistricting.

Wright has also been assigned to serve on the Education Appropriations, Agriculture Policy and Downsizing State Government committees, while Rowden will also serve on the Economic Development committee.

Schaefer is a also a member of the Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment committee and the Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence committee.

Committees are one of the few places where legislators can get public input on bills, and it is where most changes to bills are usually made, Webber said.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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