Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Speaker fills vacancies on committees working on water, DHS

Speaker Kris Steele

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker Kris Steele on Wednesday named Rep. Lisa J. Billy as a future member of the Joint Water Committee and Rep. Richard Morrissette as vice-chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services.

Billy, R-Purcell, will fill the Water Committee position now held by Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, who is leaving the Legislature later this month.

“As a distinguished member of the Chickasaw Nation, Representative Billy will be very effective in making sure tribal perspectives are heard in our water discussions. She’s a tenacious, dedicated legislator whose skills will be a big help as we work on the highly important and complex issue of water policy,” said Steele, R-Shawnee.

Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, will fill the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services vice-chairman position formerly held by Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, who was asked to serve as chairman of the committee last week. The committee is responsible for budgeting for the Department of Human Services.

“Representatives Nelson and Morrissette may come from different political camps, but their shared desire to improve DHS transcends politics. They’ll be a dynamic team next session as they work to ensure that the dollars appropriated to DHS are used in the best possible ways,” Steele said. “I know Representative Morrissette won’t be shy about putting forth bold ideas. When it comes to DHS, that’s precisely what we need.”

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