SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee for the 2013-2014 legislative session. Grove will also continue to serve on the Assembly Budget Committee, where she has been an outspoken advocate for fiscal responsibility and restraint.
“Going into my second term, I vow to continue to defend the interests of Kern County,” said Assemblywoman Shannon Grove. “Legislation presented in the Natural Resources Committee will seriously impact our local economy, and my role as Vice Chair will give me an opportunity to continue fighting for policies that allow the private sector to create good jobs and put people back to work.”
The Assembly Natural Resources Committee is responsible for evaluating legislation relating to air and water quality, climate change, energy, forestry and land management. Significant issues expected to come before the Committee this session include California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform and legislation to regulate the oil and natural gas industry’s “fracking” extraction methods.
“The people of Kern County feed, clothe, fuel and protect not just the state but the entire country. What we think and do here in Kern County does matter, because if our key industries – agriculture, energy production, and defense – are under attack from the state legislature, it hurts not just on the local level, but statewide and nationally,” Grove said. “As Vice Chair of Natural Resources, I’ll work to ensure that these vital industries are protected so they can continue to thrive.”
Assemblywoman Grove represents the Kern County communities of Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, Taft and Frazier Park/Lebec.