As you know, in our roles as Representatives we serve on various standing committees and we also serve on important study commissions during our time away from session.

I was honored to be named to two very important committees this year and have two very important meetings coming up in the next few weeks.

The K-12 Education Subcommittee will have a work session Wednesday, October 31, at 10:30 a.m. in Blatt Building Room 433. The purpose of this session is to continue discussion on the 1998 Education Accountability Act (EAA) and related issues associated with student assessment/testing and standards.

The Education and Public Works Committee Chairman, Representative Bob Walker (R – Spartanburg) also named me as his appointment to the Joint Transportatoin Review Committee which will meet Wednesday, November 14 in Room 207 in the Gressette Building. This committee’s responsibility is to screen candidates for the SC Department of Transportation Commission for election by the General Assembly. The committee is a result of Act #114 (SC Code 57-1-720).

Three DOT Commission seats expire next year so this committee will play a very important role for our state’s transportation needs in the future.

Serving on this committee with me are some of the most influential members of state politics (three in the “top ten”) and I look forward to working with them to advance the quality of life for our state. Elected officials serving on the committee:

Speaker of the House, Bobby Harrell
Senate President Pro Tempore, Glenn McConnell
Senator Hugh Leatherman
Senator Danny Verdin
Senator Gerlad Malloy
Representative Annette Young
Representative Jay Lucas

If you have any suggestions or ideas you would like to share on these topics, please let me know! I think we all would agree our state needs to work on both areas as they are vital to our quality of life.