State Representative Tom Dent has been assigned to the same three committees he was previously on from the 2020 legislative session, for the 2021 legislative session scheduled to resume on Jan. 11.

When the new legislative session convenes, Dent will continue his leadership role as the lead Republican member of the Early Learning and Human Services Committee.

The Early Learning and Human Services Committee is the new name for the House Children, Youth and Families Committee. It has been operating under the new name for the last two legislative sessions. It is responsible for legislation and issues related to early learning, child care, child and youth development, child welfare services, children’s mental health, at-risk and homeless youth and juvenile justice.

“I look forward to being the lead voice for the caucus on the committee and working with the chair on the committee agenda. The pandemic has been difficult on our youth by negatively impacting early learning, child care and mental health. We have a lot of work to do,” Dent said. “I have served on this committee since I was elected to the Legislature. I love to work on behalf of our young people. This will also allow me to continue working closely with our early learning and child care providers as I have the last few sessions.”

One of his priorities for this legislative session is to keep child care centers in operation. Dent said that those centers are really struggling and they are needed. He is working on coming up with a plan to give them financial relief.

Dent’s other committee assignments include serving on the Transportation Committee and the Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee (RDAN) as the Assistant Ranking Member. His leadership role on the RDAN committee is what earned him national recognition from CropLife America.

“Serving on the RDAN committee allows me to be directly involved in addressing legislation related to agricultural production and lands, water rights and storage, forest practices and wildfires. Issues that are extremely important to the 13th District,” Dent said.

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