State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) was appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures Environment Committee, as well as the NCSL Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee, according to a Tuesday release.
Hill was appointed to these committees by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge). The appointment to both committees is for a two-year term concurrent with his service as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives.
“It is quite an honor to be appointed by Speaker Ralston to represent the state of Georgia on these two national committees for another term,” Hill said. “I appreciate this opportunity to provide input from the perspective of those of us here in Georgia on these important national and international policymaking committees.”
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves legislators and staffs from all 50 states. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.
It also advocates for the interests of the states in the American federal system.
According to NCSL, its environment committee is charged with educating Congress and federal agencies as to state concerns regarding state and federal natural resources legislation, regulations and policies.
Some examples of issues that this committee has handled include: air quality-multipollutant strategies, climate change, cost-benefit analysis of environmental regulations, product stewardship, water resource management, wetlands restoration, water allocation-dispute resolution, conservation and land management.
NCSL’s Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee consists of state legislators and legislative staff from the nation’s legislatures.
The committee convenes three times a year in conjunction with NCSL’s national meeting. This committee has jurisdiction over state-federal energy and electric utilities legislation, regulation and policies; transportation legislation, regulations and policies; and agriculture and rural development legislation, regulations and policies.
The committee is also charged with reviewing and developing NCSL policy positions on state-federal concerns regarding these issues. These policy positions are then used to lobby Congress and the federal administration. The committee also provides a forum for legislators and staff to share ideas and expertise on an array of energy, transportation and agriculture issues.
In addition, the committee facilitates topically appropriate educational opportunities for members and colleagues, and provides input to NCSL on policy research projects.