FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2009
AUSTIN, TX — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst recently appointed Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. to two committees of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and two of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) that is overseen by the Council of State Governments.
"It is indeed a profound honor to be appointed to serve on these committees to help advance government at the state and national levels both in the Southern region of the country and at the national level," said Sen. Lucio. "I thank Lt. Gov. Dewhurst for these critical assignments and feel honored to represent the interests of all Texans on these important committees that develop national strategy and policy."
Sen. Lucio was appointed to the Labor and Economic Development Committee and the Redistricting and Elections Committee of the NCSL, a bipartisan organization serving legislators and staffs of the country's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on pressing state issues, and serves as an advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.
A few of the issues the Labor and Economic Development Committee has been addressing are green jobs, unemployment, state pension plans and export and trade. The Redistricting and Elections Committee will share ideas on the proper technology, data and staff for effective redistricting efforts, as well as improving elections systems.
The Council of State Governments, founded during the Great Depression, provides state leaders with resources to succeed in difficult times. The strictly nonpartisan organization brings state leaders together to share capitol ideas and provides them the chance to learn valuable lessons from each other, while fostering innovation in state government. CSG advocates for the interests of the states in Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1947, the Southern Legislative Conference is the largest of four regional legislative groups operating under the Council of State Governments and comprises the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. SLC's mission is to foster and encourage intergovernmental cooperation among its 16-member states.
One of the Senator's SLC appointments is to the Economic Development, Transportation and Cultural Affairs Committee of the SLC for the 2009-2010 term. This Committee reviews topics relevant to the progress and advancement of the Southern region, the arts for economic growth, federal transportation plans and their implications for Southern states, high speed rail, biotechnology and many others.
His other SLC appointment for the 2009-2010 term is to the Fiscal Affairs and Government Operations Committee, which will review the myriad fiscal issues that impact state budgets and finances. Members of the FAGO Committee have been interested in exploring the experiences of their Southern state counterparts in devising strategies in their own states. The Committee has most recently studied the impact of the federal budget on state finances; revenue forecasting in the 16-member states; health care reform; state fiscal trends; performance-based budgeting; e-commerce and taxation; the future of Medicare; implications of Social Security Trust Fund reforms; and the impact of large bank mergers in Southern states.
"These memberships are of tremendous benefit to our state's efforts and to those of District 27," added Sen. Lucio. "I hope to gain a wealth of information as well as contribute to the discussions bringing to the table my 20-plus years in the Legislature."