Yesterday’s news that Worcester legislators had captured several new committee chairs is a new sign of strength for the local delegation, and could have some short term and longterm fiscal benefits.
On the House side, Rep. John Binienda captured the Chair of Rules Committee, while Rep. Vincent Pedone will chair the Committee on 3rd Reading of Bills. While Rules doesn’t see the same mass of legislation as Binienda’s old assignment on Revenue, it is considered a key beginning committee for many bills. In tandem, that means Worcester legislators will oversee both ends of the bill-making process, giving them key influence in the shaping of bills and amendments.
And news that State Senator Harriette Chandler will be the Vice-Chair of Temporary Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight (she was also re-appointed as Assistant Vice Chair of Ways and Means) gives Worcester key leadership on the potentially influential group charged with maximixing the federal aid given to Massachusetts and spending “money more quickly to stimulate the economy.”
There were other wins: Senator Michael Moore will head up Community Development and Small Business, a fantastic assignment for a rookie Senator.