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By The Mercury

State Rep. Sydney Carlin retained her seat on the House Appropriations Committee, but otherwise the area will be represented on several new committees when the 20123 Kansas Legislature convenes next month.

Carlin’s reappointment to the committee charged with making budget-related decisions was confirmed this week. She also will continue as the ranking member on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget committee, and will join the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

She will give up a seat on the Local Government as well as the Arts and Cultural Resources committees.

State Rep. Tom Phillips will find himself on three new committees, including a role as vice chair of the House Local Government Committee. Phillips will also serve on the Elections Committee, as well as a new Committee on Children and Seniors. He had previously served on the Aging and Long-term Care, Health and Human Services and Government Efficiency committees.

“I was hoping I could continue on Health and Human Services or get on taxation or education,” Phillips said.

Newly elected State Rep. Ron Highland, who will represent the Wamego, St. George and Zeandale areas, was assigned to the House Education, Education Budget and Energy and Environment Committees. Long-time Clay Center Rep. Vern Swanson, whose district was redrawn to include areas south and west of the city, was reappointed as vice chair of the Vision 2020 Committee. But he was moved from Commerce and Energy and Utilities committees to new seats on the Financial Institutions and Transportation panels.

Sen.-elect Tom Hawk was named to the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Financial Institutions and Insurance committees.

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