Wilk appointed vice chair of Senate’s Education and Rules committees

State Senator Scott Wilk speaks at the Child & Family Center board installation at Sand Canyon Country Club Thursday evening. Cory Rubin/The Signal

State Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced Monday his appointment to serve as the vice chair of the Senate Education and Governmental Organization and Rules committees. 

“California is facing unprecedented challenges – homelessness, wildfires and economic devastation,” he said in a prepared statement. “The high cost of living has forced far too many people into homelessness, the governor’s on-again, off-again, shutdown orders have wreaked havoc on our economy and our schools. I am very pleased to be assigned to committees that will look at these issues and work to craft solutions to the problems that make California so difficult for so many.”

The Education Committee hears bills related to K-12 and higher education. 

“The issues facing our schools, students and families have never been more critical. Distance learning – or lack thereof – is creating challenges for students up and down the state,” said Wilk. “The pandemic is also exposing the stark differences in our school systems and the limited choices the state provides parents to decide what is the best school for their child.”

The senator returns as vice chair of the five-member Rules Committee, which is considered the most influential assignment in the Senate and membership must be confirmed by a vote of the full Senate. 

The Rules Committee is responsible for vetting hundreds of key gubernatorial appointments and serves as the key committee in the Senate’s role of “advice and consent.” It also has jurisdiction over proposed amendments and rules that govern the Senate as well as all other matters relating to the business of the Legislature.

In addition, Wilk will serve as a member of the committees on Budget and Fiscal Review, Business and Professions, Energy and Transportation. He will also be a member of the Joint Committee on Art and Entertainment and the Joint Committee on Rules.

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