(Oct. 1) – Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst announced changes in House committees of reference today, including a reduction in the size of the Judiciary Committee and the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

The House Judiciary Committee will now have 11 members, down from 13. The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will have nine members, down from 11. The Democrats’ one-vote majorities on these committees are preserved.

Speaker Hullinghorst also announced that Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, will be chairwoman of the Education Committee, succeeding the late Rep. John Buckner. Rep. Pettersen had been vice chair of Education; that post will be taken by Rep. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs.

Other reassignments:

· Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver, as vice chairwoman of State, Veterans & Military Affairs, succeeding Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, who is not reassigned.

· Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, from Public Health & Human Services to Judiciary.

· Rep. Pettersen from Judiciary to Public Health & Human Services.

· Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora, on Health, Insurance & Environment and Education.

· Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, off Health, Insurance and Environment and not reassigned.

These actions, effective immediately, were taken under House Rule 3, which grants the speaker the authority to determine the size and party breakdown of House committees and to assign the majority’s members on each committee, including the chair and vice chair.

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