Lee, Chesteen Appointed to Budget Committees

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MONTGOMERY – Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R - Auburn) on Thursday announced that he has appointed two Wiregrass representatives as members of the body’s powerful budget-writing committees.

State Rep. Donnie Chesteen (R - Geneva) will serve as a member of the House Ways and Means Education Committee, and State Rep. Paul Lee (R - Dothan) will hold a seat on the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee.

“Rep. Lee and Rep. Chesteen have distinguished themselves as freshmen members of the House, and I am proud to recognize their efforts with these important committee assignments,” Hubbard said. “Some legislators wait for years to serve on these influential committees, so the citizens of the Wiregrass should be proud that their representatives have earned the honor in much less time.”

The House Ways and Means Education Committee is tasked with appropriating almost $6 billion in funding to Alabama’s K-12 schools, community colleges, public universities, and other education-related entities.

“Public education is an issue that is close to my heart, and I deeply appreciate the confidence that the Speaker has placed in me,” Chesteen said. “I’ll work hard to ensure that the needs of our schools are adequately funded so that Alabama’s schoolchildren receive the education they deserve.”

The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee allocates roughly $1.75 billion in funding to state agencies such as Medicaid, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Human Resources, and other non-education government entities.

“It is important that Alabama funds its important government services like state troopers, prisons, emergency response management, and other vital programs,” Lee said. “I look forward to serving on this important committee and ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent in an accountable and responsible manner.”

The appointments will take effect for the 2014 regular legislative session, which is scheduled to convene on January 14, 2014.

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