(Nevada News Bureau) – State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford today announced the creation of 10 standing committees and his selections for the chairs of the panels for the 2011 legislative session.
He also established a new select committee on economic growth and employment.
Horsford, D-Las Vegas, named himself as chairman of the Finance Committee, and newly elected Sen. Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, as chairwoman of the newly named Revenue Committee. The committee has in the past been called Taxation. Leslie has served on the Assembly Ways and Means and Taxation committees prior to winning election to the Senate on Tuesday.
Newly elected Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, has been named chairman of the “Select Committee on Economic Growth and Employment” created for the 2011 session. Kihuen has also been serving in the Assembly.
Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, will serve as chairman of Commerce and Energy; Sen. Shirley Breeden, D-Henderson, will serve as chairwoman of Transportation; Sen. Allison Copening, D-Las Vegas, will serve as chairwoman of Health and Human Services; and newly elected Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, will serve as chairman of Education. Denis also has been serving in the Assembly.
Sen. John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, will serve as chairman of Government Affairs; Sen. Valerie Wiener, D-Las Vegas, will serve as chairwoman of Judiciary; Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, will serve as chairman of Legislative Operations and Elections; and Sen. Mark Manendo, D-Las Vegas, will serve as chairman of Natural Resources. Manendo has been serving in the Assembly as well.
Some committees are different than those in 2009. Commerce and Labor is now Commerce and Energy. Transportation has been broken out into its own committee. Health and education have also been broken out into separate committees.