HARTFORD — State Representative Terrie Wood (R-141) was sworn in to serve her third term yesterday. She has been named Ranking Member of the legislature’s Human Services Committee by House Republican Leader Larry Cafero. The Human Services Committee is responsible for all matters relating to the Department of Social Services and the Department of Children and Families, including institutions under their jurisdiction; the Office of Child Day Care; the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities; the Commission on the Deaf and the Hearing Impaired; and the Board of Education and Services for the Blind. For the 2013-2015 legislative session, Rep. Wood will be the highest appointed position of the Republican Party on the committee.
“I am honored Rep. Cafero appointed me as Ranking Member of the Human Services Committee for the 2013-2015 session, I look forward to addressing the serious economic and social issues that are present in the state.” Rep. Wood said.
She also announced her legislative committee assignments for the upcoming two years. Rep. Wood will also serve on the legislature's Regulations Review Committee and Appropriations Committee.
It is the responsibility of the Legislative Regulation Review Committee to examine the regulations coming out of Washington DC that apply to state agencies. The Appropriations committee has cognizance of all matters relating to appropriations and the budgets of state agencies. Other issues under the committee's jurisdiction include matters relating to state employees' salaries, benefits and retirement, teachers' retirement and veterans' pensions and collective bargaining agreements and arbitration awards for all state employees.
Rep. Wood took the oath of office and was sworn in by Secretary of State Denise Merrill on Wednesday afternoon in the State House Chamber. She then participated in a Joint Convention of both the House of Representatives and Senate as Gov. Dannel Malloy addressed lawmakers about the 2013 Session. Rep. Wood was first elected to the State House in 2008.