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McGrady gets legislative oversight posts

State Rep. Chuck McGrady has been appointed to committees that will provide oversight of education, environment, transportation and workforce development issues and may introduce legislation on those topics when the Legislature reconvenes in 2014.

House Speaker Thom Tillis appointed the second-term Henderson County Republican to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, the Environmental Review Commission, the Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee and the Joint Legislative Workforce Development System Reform Oversight Committee.

After adjourning, the General Assembly continues through oversight and study committees. Oversight committees have broad jurisdiction over specific issues, and study committees develop legislation on narrower topics. The oversight committees are composed of state senators and state representatives and typically hold committee meeting to study broad policy issues.

"I'm excited by these appointments," McGrady said in a news release. "I served on the Environmental Review Commission last time, but was expecting that I'd probably also be appointed to the Education Oversight Committee. However, I was told that a western legislator was needed on the Transportation Oversight Committee, and that I was the best qualified. The Workforce Development Oversight Committee requires one of the chairs of House Education Appropriations serve, and I was the chairman who was picked."