New term begins Wednesday in Hartford, Frantz receives assignments

State Sen. L. Scott Frantz will have an expanded role ahead as the new legislative term begins Wednesday.

State Sen. L. Scott Frantz will have an expanded role ahead as the new legislative term begins Wednesday.

The new legislative term is set to begin Wednesday, Jan. 7 ,in Hartford and State Sen. L.Scott Frantz (R-36th) will have a prominent role.

Mr. Frantz, set to begin his fourth term representing the 36th district, which covers Greenwich as well as parts of Stamford and New Canaan, will serve as the Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate Republican Caucus. Additionally he will have committee assignments as the ranking member on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, ranking member of the Commerce Committee, Legislative Management Committee and the Transportation Committee.

“I am honored to be chosen for these important assignments,” Mr. Frantz said in a press release put out by his office. “The Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee is extremely busy laying the ground work for the states’ future in many areas of budgeting.  Especially critical is overseeing and putting controls on spending practices relating to future economic stability and tax reform.”

He added, “We have an incredible group of lawmakers in the Senate Republican caucus. Our Republican senators will bring fresh ideas to the table to address the many challenges our state faces and to better Connecticut not only for today, but also for our future. We look forward to a very productive legislative term.”

In addition to oversight of the taxing and spending committee Mr. Frantz will monitor the goals of the Commerce Committee, including work being done by theDepartment of Economic and Community Development, the Connecticut Development Authority and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.  These entities have been pivotal in laying the groundwork for the “Jobs Bill” put in place by both Republicans and Democrats during the 2012 legislative session. The goal of that bill was to help small businesses in Connecticut.

On the Legislative Management Committee, Mr. Frantz and others overseeimprovement of legislative operations and decide on matters of organization, procedures, facilities and working conditions of the General Assembly and compensation of employees of the legislative branch.

Rounding out Mr. Frantz’s responsibilities is his position on the “critically important” Transportation Committee.  This includes policy that affects highways and bridges, navigation, aeronautics, mass transit and railroads; and the State Traffic Commission along with the Department of Motor Vehicles.  In recent years, supporting bills that provide adequate funding for the state’s transportation infrastructure has been vital. Mr. Frantz said he will join many of his legislative colleagues in pushing for a “lock box” on transportation dollars so they are not wasted.

Mr. Frantz’s colleagues in the Greenwich delegation the the state legislature had earlier announced their assignments. State Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149th) will remain assistant Republican leader and will serve on the Insurance and Finance Revenue and Bonding Committees. She will be the ranking member on the General Bonding Sub Committee. State Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151st) will also be an assistant Republican leader, his first time with that plum assignment. He will be on the legislature’s Banks Committee  as well as on the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee. He is the designated ranking member of the Commerce Committee. Newly elected Michael Bocchino, who is being sworn in this week as a state representative, will serve on the Energy and Technology, Higher Education and Employment Advancement  Committees.

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