Issaquah representatives appointed to key committees

January 4, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 2 p.m. Jan. 4, 2010

State Rep. Glenn Anderson is poised to remain in the thick of the debate about education funding as legislators gather in Olympia next week.

The longtime lawmaker — a Fall City Republican ready to start a sixth term — has been named the top Republican on the Education Appropriations Committee. The panel considers funding issues related to education from kindergarten to college.

The committee lineup for Anderson includes the Education Committee — the panel tasked with K-12 education policy and finance issues — and the Technology, Energy & Communications Committee.

State Rep. Jay Rodne, a North Bend attorney and the other 5th Legislative District member in the state House of Representatives, has been appointed as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, the panel responsible for legislation related to criminal justice and other legal issues.

House Republicans also tapped Rodne for the Transportation Committee, and the Local Government & Housing Committee, the group responsible for growth and permitting issues.

The 105-day legislative session starts Jan. 10 as the state faces a $4.6 billion budget gap.

Issaquah is spread across the 5th, 4lst and 48th legislative districts — though the 5th District encompasses most of the city.

House Republicans announced committee assignments for the 2011 and 2012 sessions Monday.

Senate Republicans announced committee assignments in late December. House and Senate Democrats firmed up committee rosters earlier in the month.

Legislators in the Issaquah delegation received assignments to key committees for the upcoming session.

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