ST. PAUL (AP) -- The new leader of the state Senate announced a smaller committee structure for the upcoming legislative session.
Sen. John Hottinger, DFL-Mankato, the designated Senate Majority Leader, reduced the number of committees to 18 for the 2003 session, which begins in January, from 22 this yer. He cut the top-tier budget committees to three from four.
Hottinger also announced chair assignments for the DFL majority. "We reached out to include the views of all Minnesotans, and we slimmed down the bureaucracy starting with the Senate by substantially reducing our structure," he said.
Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon will lead the Capital Investment Committee, Sen. Richard Cohen of St. Paul will lead the Finance Committee and Sen. Larry Pogemiller of Minneapolis will lead the Tax Committee.
Other committee chair assignments announced by Hottinger:
E-12 Education Budget Division -- Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, Thief River Falls
Higher Education Budget Division -- Sen. Sandra Pappas, St. Paul
Health, Human Services and Corrections -- Sen. Linda Berglin, Minneapolis
Environment, Agriculture and Economic Development Budget Division -- Sen. Dallas Sams, Staples.
Transportation Policy and Budget Division -- Sen. Dean Johnson, Willmar
State Government Budget Division -- Sen. Jane Ranum, Minneapolis
Education -- Sen. Steve Kelley, Hopkins
Health and Family Security -- Sen. Becky Lourey, Kerrick
Environment and Natural Resources -- Sen. John Marty, Roseville
Agriculture, General Legislation and Veterans Affairs -- Sen. Steve Murphy, Red Wing
Jobs, Housing and Community Development -- Sen. Linda Scheid, Brooklyn Park
State and Local Government Operations -- Sen. Jim Vickerman, Tracy
Judiciary -- Sen. Don Betzold, Fridley
Commerce and Utilities -- Sen. Ellen Anderson, St. Paul
Rules and Administration -- Sen. John Hottinger, Mankato
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