New Assembly Committees!

Assembly Speaker John Perez has announced the new Committee assignments for 2011-12 legislative session.

In this crucial time, we have good legislative leaders in the Assembly, starting with Speaker John Perez himself, who actively supported efforts to implement the federal health law as soon as he became Speaker, and is meeting in DC this week about the new Exchanges.

We are excited to work with the chairs of the key policy and budget committees on health:

Assemblymember Bill Monning (D-Santa Cruz/Monterey) will continue to chair the Assembly Health Committee. Last year, Chairman Monning was very involved in the implementation of the new federal health law and sponsored key bills, and is expected to continue his leadership role in health issues–an area in which he and his wife (a physician) have had a longstanding interest and history. He also will serve on the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health.

Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) will chair the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health. She’s a new member, but has deep knowledge of these issues, as a former legislative staffer on health and human services issues under then-State Senator, now-retiring-Congresswoman Diane Watson, and as an advocate with our ally Western Center on Law and Poverty, and our board member California Black Woman’s Health Project.

Here are the committee lists:

Assembly Health Committee

Assemblymember Bill Monning, Chair
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
Assemblymember Toni Atkins
Assemblymember Susan Bonilla
Assemblymember Mike Eng
Assemblymember Richard Gordon
Assemblymember Mary Hayashi
Assemblymember Roger Hernandez
Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal
Assemblymember Holly Mitchell
Assemblymember Richard Pan
Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez
Assemblymember Das Williams

Assemblymember Dan Logue, Vice Chair
Assemblymember Martin Garrick
Assemblymember Allan Mansoor
Assemblymember Brian Nestande
Assemblymember Jim Silva
Assemblymember Cameron Smyth

Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services

Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Chair
Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro
Assemblymember Bill Monning
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (Alternate)

Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries
Assemblymember Allan Mansoor
Assemblymember Jim Nielsen (Alternate)

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