"PRESIDENT NIEHAUS ANNOUNCES SENATE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS FOR 129TH"
Ohio Senate Statehouse Columbus, Ohio 43215 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2011 CONTACT: Jessica Franks (614) 466-8211 PRESIDENT NIEHAUS ANNOUNCES SENATE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS FOR 129TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY Financial Institutions now a stand-alone committee; other committees combined COLUMBUS – Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond) today announced his committee assignments for the 129th General Assembly, which include the creation of a standalone Financial Institutions Committee and combining the Agriculture Committee with the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. “The Senate is fortunate to have members who possess a wealth of knowledge and experience on a variety of issues,” Niehaus said. “These committee assignments seek to take advantage of this expertise as we begin delving into the many issues facing our state and work to enact policies that will bring job creation and economic growth to Ohio.” For this General Assembly, Niehaus is creating a separate Financial Institutions Committee that will deal with issues pertaining to institutions such as banks and credit unions. The nine- member committee, which will be chaired by Senator Jim Hughes (R- Columbus), was previously connected to the Finance Committee. “Too often, bills and policy discussions regarding our financial institutions take a back seat to the budget process,” Niehaus said. “By making Financial Institutions a separate committee, we can make sure these issues receive the consideration and attention they merit, especially given our current economic situation.” In addition, Niehaus is combining the Agriculture Committee and the Environment and Natural Resources Committee into a single panel. The committee will be responsible for reviewing legislation impacting Ohio’s agriculture industry as well as its wildlife, forests and parks. It will also oversee state conservation policies regarding land, mineral and water resources. “Agriculture, and our natural resources are major drivers of our economy, and policy changes in any one of these areas will have an impact on the others,” Niehaus said. “Combining these committees into one entity will give Senate members the opportunity to give these policy areas the attention they deserve, and as they can both involve environmentally-sensitive issues I thought it was important for members to be able to discuss these matters together rather than in separate committees.” The Rules and Reference Committees – which are responsible for referring bills and resolutions to the appropriate standing committee and determining the agenda for Senate session – will also be joined into a single committee. -30- Please see the attached for a complete listing of Senate committee assignments.