Sen. Steinberg’s office released the new committee assignments for this year’s regular legislative session. In general, senators have fewer assignments. In many cases, that was welcome. However, that’s not likely to be the case for Sen. Lois Wolk. (As a side note, I did some work for Sen. Wolk’s 2008 campaign.)
When Steinberg released a list of slimmed-down committee memberships last week, Wolk retained the chairmanship of the Revenue and Taxation Committee and a spot on the Natural Resources and Water committee and picked up one assignment — a seat on the Food and Agriculture Committee.
But she was stripped of seats on Appropriations, Budget and Fiscal Review, Health, Transportation and Housing and Local Government. (SacBee)
As the Bee points out, it could be coincidence that Sen. Wolk spoke out against the water bill and her new, perhaps lesser committee assingments.
That being said, Sen. Wolk is, if anything, too much of a straight shooter. She opposed the water bill, for very legitimate reasons for a legislator of the Delta region, and said so. Of course, standing in front of a steamrolling tank doesn’t always get you in a place in the history books, sometimes it gets you a far lesser prize.