By Michelle Guffey

Killeen Daily Herald

Speaker of the House Tom Craddick last week announced House committee appointments for state representatives.

In a news release, Craddick expressed his belief that the committees are one of the most important components of the legislative process and that the assignments, where it could be achieved, reflect the preferences of each House member.

"I made these appointments after weeks of discussions with legislators, and I believe this leadership team strikes a balance between experience and the diverse interests of this state," Craddick said.

Freshman Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, was appointed to serve on three House committees – Agriculture and Livestock, Higher Education and Redistricting.

Aycock, a retired veterinarian and former school board member, said in a news release that his past experiences should prove useful in his committee assignments.

"These committee assignments give me the unique opportunity to work on a wide range of issues important to the state of Texas," he said. "It is a good fit for the interests of District 54."

Aycock was elected in the November 2006 general election, winning over Democrat Edward Lindsey.

District 55 Rep. Dianne White Delisi, R-Temple, was appointed to serve on the Public Education and Public Health committees, the same committees that she served on during the 79th Legislative session.

Delisi won re-election to her ninth term in November, beating out Democrat Bill Smith.

"I am pleased that I am on two committees that have such a strong impact on the lives of Texans," Delisi said in a news release. "Between them, these committees oversee most of what the state spends and plays a direct role in the two most critical issues impacting the future of our state."

Six days after being re-elected, Delisi prefiled a bill for the 80th Legislative session that would "guarantee a tuition-free college education to the children of Texan members of the United States Armed Forces who become totally disabled as a result of injuries or illnesses sustained in the service of their country."

District 59 Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville, was appointed to serve as the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock and as a member of the House Committee of Civil Practices.

"The Agriculture and Livestock Committee is the glue that has held the state together since its inception," Miller said.

Miller said that there are many issues regarding livestock and resources within District 59 that need to be fixed, such as eminent domain and how it affects Texas and the animal identification system.

"Texas passed a law mandating that we register every livestock animal in Texas," he said. "I plan to undo that law and make it a voluntary program."

The committee also monitors the appraisal process in the state as it pertains to rural property and to make sure the property doesn't lose its agricultural exemption.

"As a mostly rural area, District 59 faces many issues different from other cities and districts," Miller said in a news release.

"I am honored the speaker has appointed me to these two very important committees," Miller said.

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