Berkshire legislators earn spots in leadership

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Berkshire County legislators will fill leadership positions in various committees this legislative session, according to information released Thursday.

"The whole Berkshire delegation did very well today in their assignments," said 3rd Berkshire District Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield. Farley-Bouvier will act as vice chairwoman of the House's Labor and Workforce Development Committee.

"There's a lot of important policies that make a different to families [in this committee]," she said. "I'm just really thrilled."

That committee will handle several issues of importance to Farley-Bouvier and her constituents this session, including raising the minimum wage and paid family leave. She is also part of the Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Ways and Means House standing committees, along with the Children and Families joint standing committee.

Other Berkshire County legislators have also been assigned to House or joint committees in the Legislature. Rep. Gailanne M. Cariddi, D-North Adams, will chair the House's Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee. Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, will act as vice chairman of the House's Post Audit and Oversight Committee. Pignatelli is also a member of the Consumer Protection andProfessional Licensure, the State Administration and Regulatory Oversight and the Education joint standing committees.

On the Senate side, Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will serve as chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development and as vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

Reach staff writer Patricia LeBoeuf at 413-496-6247 or @BE_pleboeuf.


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