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Rep. Brent Yonts Named Vice Chair of NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee 


MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (10/17/2014) – State Rep. Brent Yonts has been named vice chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Labor & Economic Development Committee for the next two years.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo made the announcement this morning.

Rep. Yonts has served in several leadership roles on the committee in past years, and today’s appointment marks his second in the last three months to a leadership position in a multi-state organization. In July, he became vice chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference’s Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee, and is in line to become its chairman when Kentucky hosts SLC’s annual meeting in 2016.

“Both of these roles will give me a better opportunity to highlight what we have been able to do here in Kentucky when it comes to boosting our economy,” said Rep. Yonts, who chairs the Kentucky House of Representative’s State Government Committee. “We’re seeing phenomenal growth in our exports and steep declines in our unemployment rate, for example. These things don’t happen by accident. At the same time, this new title will also give me a chance to help steer discussion on economic issues at the national level and to make sure our voice is heard.”

The Labor & Economic Development Committee is one of NCSL’s nine main committees, and together they develop policies that help determine state agendas on Capitol Hill and throughout the federal government. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that works solely with state legislatures, providing technical assistance, research, and advocacy.

The Southern Legislative Conference does similar work for its 15 member states, and its parent organization – the Council of State Governments – is based in Kentucky.

Kentucky has hosted both organizations’ annual meetings in recent years. Louisville was the site for SLC’s in 2006 and NCSL’s in 2010, and Lexington will be home to SLC’s 2016 meeting. Rep. Yonts noted that both conferences bring in millions of dollars to the state’s economy.

Information provided by Rebecca Hanchett
Posted by J.L. Graham
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