Smith To Serve On Ohio House Legislative Panels
Will work with colleagues to help shape public policy
January 22, 2015
 
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State Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today announced the committees on which he will serve to help shape and refine public policy.


“These committees handle important issues that are critical to the quality of life to the residents of the 8th House District and all Ohioans,” said Rep. Smith. “I believe that my experience, my Ph.D.- level Economic Development studies and 12 years as a Euclid School Board member will allow me to be immediately effective in my duties. I am honored to been selected to serve on these committees.”


Rep. Smith will serve on the following committees:


-Economic and Workforce Development, Ranking Member
-Education
-Public Utilities
-Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development


The House of Representatives has 19 standing committees. House Republicans have slightly altered the committee structure for the 131st General Assembly, splitting state and local government into two separate committees and adding the Community and Family Advancement Committee.


Committee meetings are crucial to the formation of laws; legislative proposals must be vetted through the committee process before full consideration by the House, allowing opponents and proponents to present testimony and voice opinions and creating the opportunity for alterations and improvements to legislation. Committees are open to the public and held any time before or after House floor sessions.

 
 
 
  
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