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Jefferson County delegate to chair subdivisions committee

August 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Del. Tiffany Lawrence, D-Jefferson, is the new chairwoman of the House of Delegates Standing Committee on Political Subdivisions that meets weekly during the regular legislative session that begins in January.

Lawrence will assume the role vacated by former Chairman Tim Manchin of Fairmont, W.Va., who became judiciary chairman.

Lawrence has served as vice chairwoman of the Committee on Political Subdivisions since her second term in the House, in 2010. The committee handles and addresses legislation affecting townships, cities and counties and their relationships with the state, according to a news release.

Lawrence said she hopes to foster better communication between localities across the state in the coming year.

“As a supporter of local control, I believe the power should rest close to home, closest to the people,” Lawrence said in the release. “This committee is often particularly helpful to the panhandle and Jefferson County, as we see issues like annexation and zoning; specific issues that other regions don’t address, but are overseen by state law.”

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