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Lawmakers return to work, get assignments

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The new Legislature, which met briefly in early December to swear-in members and elect officers, convenes in Sacramento today in earnest to kick off the 2013-2014 session. They have also been handed their committee assignments, with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg making his announcements this morning, following Assembly Speaker John Perez' announcements late last week.

Ventura County legislators have been given a fairly heavy workload -- especially freshman Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, who was named to six committees, including the demanding Rules and Budget committees.

Following are the committee assignments for the members of Ventura County's legislative delegation:

Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara: Budget and Fiscal Review; Budget Subcommittee No. 2 (Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation); Education; Environmental Quality; Judiciary; Natural Resources and Water; Rules.

Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills: Energy, Utilities and Communication; Environmental Quality; Health; Natural Resources and Water (chairwoman); Transportation and Housing.

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo: Accountability and Administrative Review; Budget (vice chairman); Budget Subcommitee No. 6 (Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation); Judiciary; Labor and Employment; Utilities and Commerce.

Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita: Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Internet Media; Business, Professions and Consumer Protection; Health; Higher Education; Rules (vice chairman).

Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara: Education, Higher Education (chairman); Natural Resources; Utilities and Commerce.

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