FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 6, 2023) – Rep. Bobby McCool of Van Lear will serve on the , House Appropriations and Revenue, House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, House Education, House Natural Resources and Energy, and House Transportation committees in the Kentucky General Assembly 2023 Regular Session, according to an announcement this week from the office of House Speaker David Osborne.
“I consider it an honor to serve the 97th District,” McCool said. “I appreciate these committee assignments and will make sure that if you are in my district, your voice will be heard.”
House Appropriations and Revenue: Members of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee and its budget review subcommittees fulfill the legislature’s only constitutional obligation – crafting budgets for the state’s executive, judicial, and legislative branches. The committee also levies state taxes and sets state tax policy. Members also deal with audits performed for state purposes.
House Education: As a member of the House Education Committee, Rep. McCool will deal directly with matters that pertain to public schools, including primary, secondary, and higher education. This includes curriculum, teacher qualifications, and accountability. The committee is also responsible for enacting policies relating to the State Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education.
House Natural Resources and Energy: Members of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee oversee state policies that deal with Kentucky’s abundant natural resources. These include forestry, mining, soil and water conservation, flood control, water usage and quality, oil, gas, and salt water wells. The committee also considers legislation that addresses the state’s energy supplies – including electric and gas utilities and cooperatives, hydroelectric and thermonuclear energy, coal, solar and renewable energy, and other alternative fuels. Members are also responsible for setting policies for the Public Service Commission.
House Transportation: The Transportation Committee considers proposed legislation and the implementation of new laws that apply to airports and aviation, boats and boating, motor vehicles, railroads, commercial trucking, and other modes of transporting people and goods. The committee also oversees the state’s Transportation Cabinet and the construction and maintenance of state highways.
“Committee assignments are always a difficult task, but more so this year because we have an exceptional class of first-term legislators as well as the veteran lawmakers who have proven experience shaping good long-term public policy,” Osborne added. “The House Majority Caucus remains committed to making this state the best place to live and work. This session we will continue our efforts to lower taxes, look for ways to help Kentuckians and the state navigate record inflation, and continue fighting to protect the values that define our commonwealth.”
With these appointments, Rep. McCool is in a position to positively impact not only his district, but also the entire commonwealth. The 2023 Regular Session will convene on Tuesday, January 3 and legislators will meet for 30 legislative days before adjourning by March 30. Kentuckians can keep up to date with legislative activity by visiting legislature.ky.gov or following @KYHouseGOP on Facebook, Twitter, and most major social media outlets.
McCool serves the state’s 97th House District, which includes all of Johnson and Martin Counties and a portion of Pike County.