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Rep. Peggy Wilson Appointed Vice-Chair of NCSL Energy, Transportation & Agriculture Committee

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, Wrangell, Alaska – Representative Peggy Wilson has been selected by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to be Vice-Chair of its Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Committee.

Wilson, R-Wrangell, said committee officers are primarily asked to help shape the committee’s direction, both by helping formulate session topics for meetings, as well as identifying particular issues that they believe NCSL should be tracking, given their high level of importance.

Rep. Wilson, the House Majority Whip, has been the District 2 representative for twelve years. She serves as the Chair of the House Transportation Committee and as Vice-Chair of Resources. She sponsored the Alaska Transportation Infrastructure bill, or ATIF (House Joint Resolution 4,) during the last legislature, which would have given Alaska a dedicated fund to spend on transportation infrastructure, and would have saved the state time and money. The ATIF could have helped with new roads, airports, harbors, ferries, as well deferred maintenance.

“Since low cost energy is such a huge issue in SE Alaska, I am extremely honored to be asked to serve on a nationwide committee that will direct NCSL discussions towards finding affordable transportation and energy solutions for all areas of the nation,” Whip Wilson said.

NCSL President Rep. Terie Norelli of New Hampshire and NCSL Vice President Sen. Bruce Starr of Oregon nominated Rep. Wilson for the position.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that works to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures; promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures; and ensure that state legislatures have a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.

To find out more about NCSL and the Energy, Transportation & Agriculture Committee, log on to ncsl.org.

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