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Seante President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced committee chair assignments for the new session today.

In addition to reassigning gavels, Steinberg changed the structure of several standing committees.

The Revenue & Taxation and Local Government committees were merged, forming the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance. The new committee will be chaired by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis.

The Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee was divided into two committees, with Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, chairing Banking and Finance and Sen. Ron Calderon,D-Montebello, at the helm of the Insurance Committee.

The assignments, posted after the jump, are set to be confirmed at a Rules Committee hearing on Jan. 12. Full committee assignments are expected within a week.

Agriculture: Tom Berryhill
Appropriations: Christine Kehoe
Banking & Financial Institutions: Juan Vargas
Budget & Fiscal Review: Mark Leno
Budget Subcommittee #1 - Education: Carol Liu
Budget Subcommittee #2 - Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy, & Transportation: Joe Simitian
Budget Subcommittee #3 - Health & Human Services, Labor & Veteran's Affairs:Mark DeSaulnier
Budget Subcommittee #4 - State Administration, General Government & Judicial: Michael Rubio
Budget Subcommittee #5 - Corrections and Public Safety: Loni Hancock
Business & Professions: Curren Price, Jr.
Education: Alan Lowenthal
Elections & Constitutional Amendments: Lou Correa
Energy, Utilities and Communications: Alex Padilla
Environmental Quality: Joe Simitian
Governance & Finance: Lois Wolk
Governmental Organization: Roderick Wright
Health: Ed Hernandez
Human Services:Carol Liu
Insurance: Ron Calderon
Judiciary: Noreen Evans
Labor & Industrial Relations: open - Vice Chair Ellen Corbett
Legislative Ethics: Mimi Walters
Natural Resources and Water: Fran Pavley
Public Employment and Retirement: Gloria Negrete McLeod
Public Safety: Loni Hancock
Rules: Darrell Steinberg
Transportation and Housing: Mark DeSaulnier
Veterans Affairs: Lou Correa



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