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loucorreaphoto.jpgOngoing shuffling to fill vacancies on state Senate committees has put Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, at the helm of the upper house's powerful Banking and Finance Committee.

Correa, a moderate Democrat who also chairs the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, takes the gavel from Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who was recently appointed as chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

Sen. Ben Hueso, D- San Diego, who won a seat in the upper house in a recent special election, will take Correa's spot as chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee.

The committee dominoes began in January, when Sens. Juan Vargas and Gloria Negrete McLeod left the Legislature to take congressional seats they won in November. More changes were sparked when Democratic Sen. Michael Rubio, who chaired Environmental Quality, resigned to take a job leading governmental affairs for Chevron Corp.

The full list of announced changes, which were approved by the Senate Rules Committee, is posted after the jump.

Banking and Financial Institutions: Senator Lou Correa (D - Santa Ana) will serve as committee chair, and committee membership will increase from 7 members to 9 members. Senators Jerry Hill (D - San Mateo) and Ben Hueso (D - San Diego) will fill the additional vacancies.

Veterans' Affairs: Senator Ben Hueso will serve as committee chair. Senator Lou Correa will step down as chair and fill an existing vacancy on the committee.

Natural Resources and Water: Senator Ben Hueso will fill an existing vacancy.

Transportation and Housing: Senator Ben Hueso will fill an existing vacancy.

Education: Senator Ben Hueso will replace Senator Ricardo Lara (D - Bell Gardens) as a committee member.

Labor and Industrial Relations: Senator Leland Yee (D - San Francisco) will replace Senator Ricardo Lara as a committee member.

Health: Senator Kevin de León (D - Los Angeles) will fill an existing vacancy.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sen. Lou Correa pitches a bill for zero tolerance for driving while using drugs. The Sacramento Bee/Renee C. Byer.



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