Some politics, if not all of it, to be local for Rep. Rippy |

Some politics, if not all of it, to be local for Rep. Rippy

State Rep. Gregg Rippy was appointed chairman of the House Local Government Committee on Thursday.

Rippy, a Glenwood Springs Republican elected to his second term earlier this month, said the committee considers bills that relate to “the state and local government interface.”

For example, the bill that spells out county coroner requirements will first go to the 11-member Local Government Committee.

Rippy said that as chairman, he schedules bills for committee consideration, and can also call on experts to present testimony and information.

“A lot of the job is management,” Rippy said.

Rippy said he will be especially wary of new bills that might try to push funding requirements onto local governments.

Other important committee issues include growth and property rights, Rippy said.

There are 11 House committees, and Rippy said he thinks his is the only new chairmanship. He was appointed by Speaker of the House-elect Lola Spradley, R-Beulah.

Rippy will continue to serve on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. He leaves the Information Technology Committee.

Gayle Berry, R-Grand Junction, is the only other Western Slope House member to chair a committee next session. She’ll chair the Transportation and Energy Committee.

The legislative session runs from Jan. 8 through May 9, 2003.

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