- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27—Logan County’s state representative, Martha Jane King, was recently announced as the chair for a new House Special Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology.

The committee, which will meet during the interim months of the General Assembly.

“Emerging technologies are changing the landscape of our commonwealth with breath-taking speed, and it’s important that the House has recognized the need for establishing this forum where legislators are informed and educated,” said Rep. King.

The General Assembly has sixteen standing committees that meet during the legislative session each year, but none are devoted to technological issues. Currently, legislation in this field is assigned to various committees.

King was appointed to head up the committee by House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

“Rep. King has proven to be highly capable in understanding complex technological subjects and issues and I am confident her expertise and leadership will serve this ground-breaking committee well,” said Speaker Stumbo.

The Advanced Communications and Information Technology Committee will discuss and explore technological issues that drive and affect Kentucky’s economy, infrastructure, public safety, communications and education.

Other House members appointed to the new committee include Rep. Denny Butler, (D-Louisville), Rep. Will Coursey, (D-Symsonia), Rep. James Kay, (D-Versailles), Rep. Terry Mills, (D-Lebanon), Rep. Chris Harris, (D-Forest Hills), Rep. Dean Schamore, (D-Hardinsburg), Rep. Arnold Simpson, (D-Covington), Rep. Regina Bunch, (R-Williamsburg), Rep. Adam Koenig, (R-Erlanger), and Rep. Brian Linder, (R-Dry Ridge).

The committee’s first meeting was held on June 23. Representatives of the Finance Cabinet testified on the statewide “KentuckyWired” broadband initiative.

“I am proud of Speaker Stumbo and House Leadership’s vision in creating the Advanced Communications and Information Technology Committee and appreciate his confidence in me to lead this new initiative,” said Rep. King. “I’m hopeful our work will highlight the need to make this committee permanent.”

To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

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