Smith continues leadership role on two House committees, appointed to a third

Rep. Norma Smith has been appointed to three House committees for the upcoming 2019 legislative session, which begins Monday.

The 10th District lawmaker will continue in her leadership role as the ranking member of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee — now known as the House Innovation, Technology and Economic Development Committee (ITED). The ITED committee considers issues relating to technology and digital communications, including state information technology systems, small business assistance, business financing, the development of industry clusters, tourism, international trade, emerging technologies, and technology-driven jobs.

“I’m honored to continue serving as the ranking member of this important and wide-ranging committee,” said Smith, R-Clinton. “As we move forward in this 21st century digital economy, we must promote policies that keep Washington state competitive, foster economic growth for the people we serve, and encourage innovation while also protecting Washingtonians’ data and privacy.”

Smith will also again serve as the assistant ranking member of the House Capital Budget Committee, which approves money for the construction and repair of public K-12 and higher education buildings, mental and behavioral health facilities, state parks and lands, and other long-term investments.

“I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to develop a budget that strengthens our mental and behavioral health safety net, and provides critical funding for our K-12 and higher education institutions,” added Smith. “We have made good progress in recent years, but there is much more to do.”

Smith has also been appointed to serve on the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee — a new committee this year that will consider an array of issues relating to state government and the government-to-government relationship of the state and Native American tribes.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve on this new committee, which will play an important role in holding state government accountable to those we serve,” said Smith. “As with each of my committee assignments, my primary goal is to help forge sound public policy for the good of Washingtonians. It is the people’s business, and I consider it a privilege to work on their behalf.”

The 2019 session begins Monday and is scheduled to run 105 days.


Washington State House Republican Communications