Thursday, January 24, 2013

North state legislators update

There's lots going on today with our north state representatives in the Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives. First of all, Rep. Doug LaMalfa has been named to five subcommittees dealing with agriculture and natural resources. From his office:
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today announced that he has been appointed to five subcommittees with a strong impact on the North State, particularly in the areas of water supply, forest management and agriculture.

“I am pleased and excited to be appointed to these five subcommittees, which I believe are an excellent fit and very important to California’s First Congressional District,” said LaMalfa. “Water supply, forest management and agriculture are primary economic factors in the district and I am eager to utilize my experience and background as a member of these subcommittees.”

House Committee on Natural Resource

· Water and Power (Jurisdiction: America’s water resources, federal irrigation projects, generation of electric power from federal water projects and interstate water issues)

· Public Lands (Jurisdiction: National Park System, U.S. Forests, public lands and national monuments)

· Indian Affairs (Jurisdiction: Native Americans, including the 566 federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native Corporations, and nearly 1.9 million American Indians).

House Committee on Agriculture

· General Farm Commodities and Risk Management (Jurisdiction: Program and markets related to cotton, cottonseed, wheat, feed grains, soybeans, oilseeds, rice, dry beans, peas, lentils, the Commodity Credit Corporation, risk management, including crop insurance, commodity exchanges, and specialty crops).

· Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture (Jurisdiction: Fruits and vegetables, honey and bees, marketing and promotion orders, plan pesticides, quarantine, adulteration of seeds and insect pests, and organic agriculture, research, education and extension, biotechnology, and foreign agriculture assistance, and trade promotion programs).
Also, state Sen. Jim Nielsen issued the following response to Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State speech:
“I commend the Governor for voicing the Republican principle of fiscal responsibility.

“Although the Governor argued for fiscal restraint, he was silent on critical budget reforms like a hard spending cap and a real reserve. The budget is not fixed; it is funded with temporary tax increases.

“The budget does little to pay down our debt; and the ‘surplus’ is a sham.

“Water is a valuable resource that must be preserved. But the proposal to build two tunnels around the San Joaquin Delta is not the way to go; it is a pipe dream.

“The costly High Speed Rail and the peripheral canals are unnecessary, and we simply cannot afford them.

“I am encouraged that the Governor expressed a desire to rethink CEQA and the hurdles this law places on job creation and retention across the state.

“The Governor must make substantive and enduring reforms to CEQA, not cosmetic changes.

“What’s missing in the Governor’s address is public safety. Realignment is a social experiment that is not working and is putting our lives in danger with the release of habitual convicted felons.”
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