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Carbon Valley officials receive committee appointments

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DENVER — When the 69th General Assembly convenes Jan. 9 at the state Capitol, former Dacono councilwoman Lori Saine will do more than just represent the Carbon Valley area at the state Legislature.
    Rep.-elect Saine will sit on two committees, the house agricultural committee and the house finance committee.

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    The finance committee will allow Saine to focus on her main campaign platform, fiscal reform. This message resonated with Weld County voters who gave Saine 58.7 percent of the vote against Democrat Tim Erickson.
    Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, was recently elected as the Colorado house minority leader, announced the committee assignments Dec. 3.
    “I am excited to have so many talented new and returning members in our caucus,” Waller said. “Utilizing our caucus’s breadth of knowledge and experience is crucial in developing the best solutions to the issues we face. Colorado families expect and deserve Republicans and Democrats to work together to solve the critical problems facing our state. That is what House Republicans intend to do.”
    The senate leadership also announced its committee assignments, and the Carbon Valley area is represented by Senator-elect Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins.
    Marble’s district runs along a corridor around Interstate 25, and she was selected for the education and local government committees.
    Marble said she intends to work with democrats, who control both houses of the state legislature.
    “As legislators, the people are our focus and it is our job to make sure we deliver to them the opportunity to work and make a living,” Marble said. “As legislators, it is important to remind ourselves everyday who we serve. It is the people of our state. With that in mind, perhaps we can come to a common ground and grow a better Colorado for all of us.”
    Marble has also been named by Gov. John Hickenlooper to a task force for the implementation of Amendment 64. The task force will consider and resolve a number of policy, legal and procedural issues, involving various interests and stakeholders, to implement the new constitutional amendment.
    In announcing the committee assignments, Republican Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs, said he worked with the elected officials to determine where they should serve.
    “With the complex issues the 69th General Assembly will face in 2013, it is critical that the legislative committees have experienced, knowledgeable members representing the voice of the Senate Republicans,” said Cadman. “In order to accomplish this goal, I reached out to them individually to find out where they can best represent our efforts and their districts. I believe these assignments achieve that objective.”
    The Tri-Town’s representation won’t stop at the state legislature, either. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Dec. 5 his boards and commissions appointments. Scott Thomas Black, of Firestone, was tapped to serve as an active officer on the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board. The board oversees the certification of training programs, training academies and instructors of police officer candidates. Black was appointed to a term that will expiring June 30, 2015.