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Legislature shakes up committees

Posted 1/28/22

MONTICELLO –– Earlier this week, Legislature Chairman Robert A. Doherty announced a number of changes coming to the Legislature’s committee structure and public …

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MONTICELLO –– Earlier this week, Legislature Chairman Robert A. Doherty announced a number of changes coming to the Legislature’s committee structure and public interface.

“As per the authority placed in me, I made committee assignments earlier this week, with legislators being redistributed throughout the various committees,” Doherty stated. “We also plan to streamline the committee system, with the Parks, Agriculture and Sustainability Policy Committee being absorbed into the Planning Committee, reflecting the fact that our Parks and Sustainability offices are now under the Division of Planning.”

Some of the notable committee leadership changes are as follows ...

Legislators Nicholas Salomone and Michael Brooks replace Legislators Nadia Rajsz and Luis Alvarez as Health and Family Services Committee chair and vice chair respectively.

Also, Legislator George Conklin replaces Legislator Joe Perrello as chair of the Public Works Committee.

Alvarez is now chair of the Veterans Committee, taking over for Conklin, who replaces Rajsz as vice chair.

Conklin is now the vice chair of the Economic Development and Public Safety and Law Enforcement Committees, replacing Legislator Ira Steingart. He also is the vice chair of Government Services Committee, replacing Legislator Alan Sorensen.

And finally, Brooks is now the vice chair of the Management and Budget, as well as the Human Resources Committee, replacing Rajsz and Alvarez respectively.

Dates for committee meetings in 2022 will be announced soon.

A new agenda and livestreaming software system will be introduced in February, improving the tracking of agendas, resolutions and related documents, along with ensuring the continued ability of the public to remotely view committee meetings in progress or any time afterwards at their convenience.

“Ultimately, this summer, our goal – through our Division of Information Technology Services – is to install and operate a multi-camera audiovisual system that will afford viewers a much better, more understandable experience of our meetings,” Doherty remarked. “We want to be as transparent as possible and give people every opportunity to watch and listen to the important discussions happening during these committee meetings.”

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