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State senate announces committee appointments
by Tribune Staff
Aug 30, 2011 | 797 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print


LAS VEGAS — Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford this week announced his appointments to standing committees that will shape state policy in the key areas of economic development, health care and education.

Horsford also nominated himself to serve on the Mining Oversight & Accountability Commission.

“I want to make sure the reforms we passed during the 2011 Legislature are implemented by the Nevada Tax Commission, and the mining industry pays its fair share of the state’s tax burden,” Horsford said of his efforts to create the commission during the last legislative session.

Horsford also has nominated Kyle Davis of the Nevada Conservation League to serve on the Mining Oversight & Accountability Commission. Both nominations are subject to the approval of the governor under SB 493.

Horsford also announced the following appointments to key standing committees:

• Jerrie Merritt, executive vice President and regional manager for Bank of Nevada and vice president of the Urban Chamber of Commerce, to the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Benefit, a new board created by SB 75, which was introduced by Treasurer Kate Marshall to provide investment capital for economic development.

• Dr. Judith Ford, of Canyon Gate Medical Group, to serve on the board of directors of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, which will prepare Nevada for upcoming national health care reform.

• Benny Yerushalmi, a Las Vegas small-business owner, to serve on the state Board of Economic Development created by AB 449 to overhaul and redirect Nevada’s economic development efforts.

• Mike Amie, former vice president of information services and support for MGM Resorts and former vice president of information technology for the 100 Black Men of Las Vegas, to serve on the Commission on Educational Technology.

• Aaron Ford, of the Snell & Wilmer law firm, to serve on the Council to Establish Academic Standards for Public Schools.

• Robert McCord, of the Center for Education Policy Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to serve on the state Public Charter School Authority, a new board formed to oversee charter schools in the state.

• Nora Luna, area extension school retention specialist for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Southern Area, also to serve on the state Public Charter School Authority.

• Sens. Ruben Kihuen and Mark Manendo to serve on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board.

• Sen. John Lee to serve on the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security.

• Sen. Mo Denis to serve on the Information Technology Advisory Board.

• Sen. Mike Schneider to serve on the Nevada Commission on Sports.

• Sen. Valerie Wiener to serve on the Technological Crime Advisory Board.

Horsford and Sen. David Parks will also serve on the committee tasked with studying the funding of higher education.
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