24th District Representative Mike Chapman has been elected chair of the Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources committee.
Formerly chaired by Representative Brian Blake, another local legislator will be leading the state committee dedicated to timber and farm country.
Blake lost his re-election bid this year, leaving the gap in the role as chair.
As chair, Chapman will serve as leader on bills related to rural development, “as well as issues relating to agricultural production, marketing, and sales; animal and plant disease control; fisheries and wildlife; forest practices and forest fire protection; water; and mining. The committee also considers the management of certain state-owned lands”.
Chapman previously served as vice chair of the committee and as a county commissioner.
The 2021 session of the Legislature will be different, with the House choosing that the safest option is a remote session until the virus is vanquished. Committee meetings, floor debate, and votes will all be done remotely.