Kansas Senate Announces Committee Chairs for 2013 Session

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp


TOPEKA -- Senate Leadership announced assignments for chairs and vice-chairs of the Senate’s 13 standing committees. The chairs and vice-chairs were selected by the nine-member Committee on Organization, Calendar and Rules (OCR).

“I believe an excellent leadership team is in place and we look forward to addressing the challenging issues that await the 2013 Legislature,” said President-elect Susan Wagle (R-Wichita).

Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Garrett Love (R-Montezuma) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Dan Kerschen (R-Garden Plain) will serve as vice-chairman. Agriculture Committee will meet Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Senate Natural Resources Committee, Senator-elect Larry Powell (R-Garden City) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Dan Kerschen (R-Garden Plain) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Julia Lynn (R-Olathe) will serve as chairwoman, and Senator Susan Wagle (R-Wichita) will serve as vice-chair.

Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Mike Petersen (R-Wichita) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Kay Wolf (R-Prairie Village) will serve as vice-chair. Transportation Committee will meet Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Jeff King (R-Independence) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Greg Smith (R-Overland Park) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, Senator Rob Olson (R-Olathe) will serve as chairman and Senator Jeff Longbine (R-Emporia) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee, Senator Dennis Pyle (R-Hiawatha) will serve as chairman and Senator Mitch Holmes (R-St. John) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Ways and Means Committee, Senator Ty Masterson (R-Andover) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Jim Denning (R-Overland Park) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee, Senator Les Donovan (R-Wichita) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Caryn Tyson (R-Parker) will serve as vice-chairwoman.

Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee, Senator Ralph Ostmeyer (R-Grinnell) will serve as chairman and Senator Jay Emler (R-Lindsborg) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Education Committee, Senator Steve Abrams (R-Arkansas City) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Tom Arpke (R-Salina) will serve as vice-chairman.

Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee) will serve as chairwoman and Senator-elect Elaine Bowers (R-Concordia) will serve as vice-chairwoman.

Senate Utilities Committee, Senator Pat Apple (R-Louisburg) will serve as chairman and Senator-elect Forrest Knox (R-Altoona) will serve as vice-chairman.

Judiciary Committee and Assessment and Taxation Committee will change meeting times. Judiciary Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday and Assessment and Taxation Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.

The 2013 Legislative Session will convene on January 14th at 2:00pm. OCR will announce member’s committee assignments next week.


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