by CalWatchdog Staff | January 7, 2011 7:11 am
Katy Grimes: It’s January 7, 2011 and the Senate President Pro Tem just announced the legislative committee assignments.
The Assembly committee assignments have been done since early December.
As I shared this information with colleagues, everyone wanted to know what Senators have been doing for the last month?
On Wednesday Jan. 5, Senators received a memo (below) from Steinberg asking Senators to name their top six committee preferences.
Many Capitol staffers are questioning the leadership, and have commented on the changes. Gone is the Senate Local Government Committee, and the Revenue and Tax Committee. I’ve been told that there are plans to make one “super committee” that deals with those issues, as well as “initiative reforms.”
I heard that Senate leadership was close to confirming committee assignments when there was Mutiny on the Bounty – Democratic Senators were not happy with their assignments, so Steinberg asked them all to resubmit their requests and priorities.
Described as another episodic bungle, it appears to some that Steinberg retains the leadership post because no one else wants it…. yet.
Are things at the capitol really this precarious?
To: Senate Colleagues
From: Darrell Steinberg, Senate President proTem
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Re: COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP PRIORITIES
To assist in the Committee member selection process, please indicate below your top six (6) preferences, in priority order (1-6), for the Standing Committees on which you hope to serve this session.
Please return this form no later than Friday, January 7, by NOON. Although preferences are not guaranteed, we will make every effort to accommodate Senators’ wishes, given the constraints of committee meeting times and the number of members required.
Please note that the jurisdictions of some committees will be split and others combined. Names of these newly-constructed committees may change somewhat.
AGRICULTURE ———————————————– ___________
APPROPRIATIONS ——————————————– ___________
BANKING & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS —————- ___________
BUDGET AND FISCAL REVIEW ————————— ___________
Please note Subcommittee preference by checking one (X) below:
#1 – Education ______
#2 – Resources, Environment, Energy, Trans ______
#3 – Health, Human Services, Labor, Vets Affairs ______
#4 – State Admin, General Govt, Judiciary ______
#5 –Corrections, Public Safety ______
BUSINESS, PROFESSIONS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — ____________
EDUCATION ————————————————————– ____________
ELECTIONS & CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDS ——————— ___________
ENERGY, UTILITIES & COMMUNICATIONS ——————– ____________
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ————————————— ____________
GOVERNANCE & FISCAL ALIGNMENT ————————— ____________
(combines jurisdictions of Local Government and Rev and Tax)
GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION ——————————- ____________
HEALTH ——————————————————————- ____________
HUMAN SERVICES —————————————————– ____________
JUDICIARY —————————————————————- ____________
LABOR & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ——————————- ____________
LEGISLATIVE ETHICS ————————————————– ____________
NATURAL RESOURCES & WATER ———————————- ____________
PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT & RETIREMENT ————————– ____________
PUBLIC SAFETY ———————————————————- ____________
TRANSPORTATION & HOUSING ————————————— ____________
VETERAN’S AFFAIRS —————————————————- ____________
Thank you for your prompt assistance in helping to organize the Senate Standing Committees. Please sign and return to Pro Tem’s Office (Room #205) this completed 2-page form no later than Friday, January 7, 2011 NOON. Questions?
Contact: Kathy Dresslar, 651-4006.
JAN. 7, 2011
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