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Morse Shuffles Committee Deck On Eve Of Session

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Sen. Suzanne Williams, who was involved in a fatal car accident in Texas, won’t head the Senate Transportation Committee after all.

Senate Majority Leader shuffled the deck, naming Evie Hudak to take Williams’ place because transportation issues require “a full-time active chair.” Williams has been in Texas attending to family members injured in the accident.

Newly appointed Sen. Irene Aguilar’s committee assignments also have been made.

The full press release follows.

Senate Majority Leader John Morse Makes Final Adjustments to Senate Committees

DENVER—Today, Senate Majority Leader John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) announced final changes to the senate committees for the upcoming legislative session. Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) will serve as the Senate Transportation Committee chair, a position that had originally been slated for Senator Suzanne Williams (D-Aurora). Additionally, Senator Irene Aguilar, M.D. (D-Denver), who was elected to fill the vacancy of Senator Chris Romer is assigned to the Health and Human Services Committee, the Local Government and Energy Committee, and will serve as vice-chair of the Business, Labor and Technology Committee.

On the change to the Transportation Committee appointment, Senator Morse offered the following comment:

“Today, in my capacity as the Senate Majority Leader, I appointed Senator Evie Hudak to serve as chair of the Transportation Committee. There are a number of important measures to come before the Transportation Committee this session requiring a full-time, active chair. Senator Williams’ accident in Texas on December 26th and the needs of her family and the Gomez family will undoubtedly consume substantial energy and force her to spend some time away from the senate.

It is in the best interest of Senator Williams to devote herself to the long and painful process ahead for her to assist, as she is able, in the recovery of her family and the victims of this horrendous tragedy.

My thoughts go out to the young family who must carry on without their mother, and I wish for a healthy recovery by Senator Williams and her family. This unimaginable loss of life and the pain they must feel weigh heavily on me and my colleagues.”

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