Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek announced on Thursday, Dec. 31, the House committees for the upcoming 2021 legislative session, which will focus on a variety of issues, including wildfire recovery, COVID-19 response and equitable policing, according to a press release.

“Oregonians are facing crises that demand urgent action. The House is ready to lead on the issues that matter most in people’s lives right now. We also need to create the space to have a focused conversation about long-term, transformational changes to modernize the people’s legislature,” Speaker Kotek said in the press release. “I’m grateful for the diverse perspectives that my colleagues will bring as we all work together to help Oregonians navigate the big challenges that lie ahead.”

Among those assigned to committees were Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, and representative-elect Bobby Levy, from Echo.

Smith was assigned to seven different committees, including the Revenue Committee, Interstate 5 Bridge, the Ways and Means Committee, Ways and Means subcommittees for capital construction and general government, the Legislative Administration Committee, and the Legislative Audit Committee.

Oregon Republicans also listed Smith as an ex-officio member of the House Republicans’ caucus leadership.

Levy, who was elected in November 2020 to represent Oregon House District 58 and replace outgoing state Rep. Greg Barreto, was assigned to the Revenue Committee and the Ways and Means Education Subcommittee.

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