Eltife, Nichols appointed to top panels

Published on Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:06 - Written by Adam Russell arussell@tylerpaper.com

Outgoing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appointed two local senators to powerful panels in preparation for the upcoming session.

Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, was appointed as chairman to the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.

Eltife will remain the chairman of the Senate Committee on Administration and serve on the Senate Economic Development Subcommittee on Public-Private Partnerships.

Eltife also was appointed to the Legislative Budget Board, a joint committee of the Texas Legislature that develops budget and policy recommendations for legislative spending. He said he has enjoyed his time as a member on the Business and Commerce committee the past few sessions and that he looks forward to working with the business community and legislators on important legislation for the state’s economic drivers.

“I am very pleased with the appointments,” he said. “It’s important to have a seat at the table.”

Dewhurst also appointed Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, to the Senate Committee on Finance, which wields an enormous amount of power regarding the state’s purse strings