Local State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) has been nominated to chair the Governmental Organization Committee just more than a month after being re-elected to the State Senate.
The committee, which Glazer served on in the 2015-16 session, oversees public records, open meetings laws, alcohol and tobacco sales, gambling, outdoor advertising and emergency services/natural disasters, among other responsibilities.
"This is an important area that the state oversees, and I look forward to providing fairness, balance and thoughtful oversight in an open and transparent process," said Glazer, whose district includes the San Ramon Valley.
The state senator was also assigned to the committees on Budget & Fiscal Review, Human Services, Insurance and Business, Professions & Economic Development. As part of his Budget Committee service, Glazer will continue to sit on the Subcommittee on State Administration and General Government.
Glazer's nomination as Governmental Organization Committee chair by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon is expected to be reviewed by the Senate Rules Committee when the legislature reconvenes next week for the 2017-18 legislative session, according to Glazer's office.
The Orinda Democrat was easily re-elected to his first full four-year term during last month's election, essentially doubling up Republican challenger Joseph A. Rubay at the polls -- 66.7% to 33.3%. Glazer was first elected to the State Senate in May 2015 in a special runoff election to fill an unexpired term left vacant when Mark DeSaulnier resigned after being voted into the U.S. House of Representatives.
In addition to the San Ramon Valley, Glazer's 7th State Senate District includes Pleasanton, Livermore and Sunol at the south end, Brentwood, Antioch, Pittsburg and Concord to the north, Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek to the west.