Monday, November 26, 2012

Hale named ranking member of two committees in new legislative session

Hale named ranking member of two committees in new legislative session

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 2), will serve on a total of three committees and as ranking member of two committees during the Arizona House of Representatives’ 51st legislative session.  

Hale was named the ranking member of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. This is a new committee that combines the work of last session's Environment Committee and Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The committee's jurisdiction includes mining and other natural resources and mineral extraction and processing, state parks and state land policy, gas and electric utility issues and oversight of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulations and programs.

He was also named the ranking member of the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee reviews every bill that comes out of the other committees in the House of Representatives. The Rules Committee evaluates the bills for constitutional issues, including federal preemption, as well as proper formatting and grammar.

Additionally, Hale will serve on the Judiciary Committee, which handles bills that relate to criminal justice, court procedures and elections.

“I am looking forward to serving the people of my district and Arizona for another session. Together we will focus on the issues that matter most – creating jobs and improving education,” Hale said.

Rep. Hale is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He was born in Ganado and raised in Klagetoh, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt), born for Todichiini (Bitter Water). His maternal grandparents are Hanaghani (Walk About clan). His paternal grandparents are Kiyanii (Tall House clan). He is a 1969 graduate of Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located east of Gallup, New Mexico. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973,) and a juris doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977). The Phoenix School of Law awarded Hale an honorary law degree in May 2012.

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