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Cowles named to Subdivisions panel

January 12, 2009

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Del. Daryl E. Cowles, R-Morgan/Hampshire, who was re-elected for a second term to the 51st District, announced recently he was appointed to serve as minority vice chairman of the Political Subdivisions Committee in the West Virginia House of Delegates. 

"It's a pretty good sign when a second-term delegate gets the nod," Cowles said.

He said he did not ask for the appointment, but signed up to serve on the committee, as he did last term.

House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, recommended Cowles to House Speaker Richard Thompson.

He said the Political Subdivisions Committee deals with divisions of government such as municipalities, county governments, public service districts and boards, commissions or authorities. Cowles said issues in the Eastern Panhandle include annexation, county commission boards, and water and sewer lines.  

"During the past two years in the Political Subdivisions Committee, I have worked on draft legislation that included reforming the Berkeley County Commission into a five-member council, reforming the Hampshire County Commission into an eight-member tribunal, new ordinance authority for all county commissions and many other bills," Cowles said in a press release. 

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"I think it's quite an honor to be asked to serve in this position, and I think it is important to work on the many issues the Eastern Panhandle brings to this committee," Cowles said. 

Cowles also is a new member of the House Committee on Roads and Transportation, and hopes to have a larger impact on infrastructure solutions in this area. 

Highway funding and roads are among the big issues in the district, he said.

"U.S. 50 in Hampshire County and U.S. 522 in Morgan County are major concerns," Cowles said. 

"These are great assignments," he said.  

The Legislature's regular session begins Feb. 11.

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