Local state reps get committee assignments in Topeka

CapitolCommittee assignments have been handed out to Republican state legislators for the 2013 session and it is a mixed bag for the three representatives from northeast Johnson County.

Barbara Bollier, Melissa Rooker and Stephanie Clayton each received three committee assignments, in some cases just what they wanted and in other cases not so much. Here are their committees:

Barbara Bollier

  • Children and Senior Services
  • Health and Human Services
  • Insurance

Melissa Rooker

  • Educaton
  • Vision 2020
  • Children and Senior Services

Stephanie Clayton

  • Local Government
  • Utilities and Telecommunications
  • Transportation and Public Safety

For Rooker, landing education was a primary goal. She has years of involvement in PTA legislative issues. “My focus has always been on education,” she recently told a chamber breakfast gathering. Clayton said she received two of her three requests, but said all of the assignments giver her an opportunity to work on issues important to the 19th district.

For Bollier, the health committee was a first choice, but she did not get Appropriations or Tax assignments that she had requested – or a leadership position – but received second-choice assignments. She plans to monitor appropriations and tax, just not as a voting member.

Bollier had told the chamber breakfast that she was disappointed with the committee leadership assignments, saying legislators who voted for the one-cent sales tax three years ago were “shut out.”

Bollier is a returning House member.