(Nov. 28) – Speaker-designate Mark Ferrandino appointed the chairs and vice chairs of the House committees of reference today – including a committee that will be new for the 2013 session.
Here’s the lineup, listing committee chair followed by vice chair:
Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources: Reps. Randy Fischer (D-Fort Collins) and Ed Vigil (D-Fort Garland)
Appropriations: Reps. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) and Crisanta Duran (D-Denver)
Business, Labor & Economic & Workforce Development: Rep. Angela Williams (D-Denver) and Rep.-elect Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D-Arvada)
Education: Reps. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) and Cherylin Peniston (D-Westminster)
Finance: Reps. Lois Court (D-Denver) and Jeanne Labuda (D-Denver)
Health, Insurance & Environment: Reps. Beth McCann (D-Denver) and Sue Schafer (D-Wheat Ridge)
Judiciary: Reps. Daniel Kagan (D-Cherry Hills Village) and Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs)
Local Government: Reps. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) and Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont)
Public Health Care & Human Services: Reps. Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield) and Dave Young (D-Greeley)
State, Veterans & Military Affairs: Rep. Su Ryden (D-Aurora) and Rep.-elect Joe Salazar (D-Thornton)
Transportation & Energy: Rep. Max Tyler (D-Lakewood) and Rep.-elect Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City)
“The toughest part about making these selections was having to choose from such a talented and experienced group of legislators,” Rep. Ferrandino said. “With our caucus and committee leadership now in place, I’m really excited about the 2013 legislative session. We are ready to lead.”
With 15 freshmen legislators in the 37-member caucus, Rep. Ferrandino chose to move Reps.-elect Kraft-Tharp, Moreno and Salazar into committee vice chairmanships right away.
“Have you seen our freshman class?” Rep. Ferrandino said. “Check out their bios on our website, cohousedems.com. I guarantee you will be impressed. I’ve never seen such a combination of talent, experience and diversity in any incoming group. Any one of them could have excelled in a committee post, and pretty soon every one of them will have the opportunity.”
Rep. Ferrandino is creating a new committee for 2013: Public Health Care & Human Services, which will be devoting much of its energy to implementing Medicaid provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act as well as child welfare reform, and will have legislative oversight of the departments of Health Care Policy & Financing and Human Services.
The pre-existing Health Insurance and Environment Committee will oversee other proposed changes to state health care under the Affordable Care Act, including the establishment of health benefit exchanges, as well as other public and environmental health issues. The committee will have legislative oversight responsibility for the departments of Public Health & Environment and Regulatory Agencies, CoverColorado and the Division of Insurance.
“We have so many health care changes coming down the pike in 2013 that it would have buried a single committee,” Rep. Ferrandino said.