FRANKFORT — State Rep. Fitz Steele, who has served the 84th House District since 2009, was named by House leaders this morning as the new chair of the chamber’s Natural Resources and Environment Committee.
“Rep. Steele has built a strong reputation as a defender of sensible environmental laws and is an excellent choice to lead this committee as we ready for the legislative session,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.
“Taking on this role is tremendous honor, and I’m glad I will have the chance to lead this committee,” said Rep. Steele of Hazard. “It will give me a better chance to serve my district and especially the coal regions both here and in Western Kentucky. I am a firm believer that we can build on Kentucky’s unparalleled beauty and still maintain some of the nation’s lowest electricity rates. That is my goal going forward.”
In addition to his new role as chairman, Rep. Steele will continue serving as a member of the following committees: Banking and Insurance; Economic Development and Tourism; Special Subcommittee on Energy; and Transportation.
He also is a member of the Federal Environmental Regulation Impact Assessment Task Force, which the General Assembly authorized this year to study the impact federal environmental rule changes will have on Kentucky.
“The Natural Resources and Environment Committee will play a major role when it comes to reviewing and potentially implementing the findings this task force will have,” Rep. Steele said. “I will do all I can to make sure Kentucky does not face an unfair burden when it comes to changes out of Washington.”