Sen. Cannella Named Vice Chair of Senate Select Committee on Economic Development and the State Permitting Process

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

During a Rules Committee hearing today, State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) was appointed Vice Chair of the Select Committee on Economic Development and the State Permitting Process, which is designed to provide a forum to discuss the key challenges to economic growth in California and develop meaningful reforms to improve the state’s business climate.

“I know firsthand the frustration small-business owners across California experience when projects get tied up in our state’s complex, confusing regulatory and permitting processes. With unemployment as high as 20 percent in some parts of my district, it’s critically important that we do everything in our power to ensure job-creating projects can move forward in a timely fashion,” said Sen. Cannella. “I’m honored to serve as the Vice Chair of the Select Committee on Economic Development and the State Permitting Process. I look forward to working with Senator Rubio and Senator Correa to find ways to cut bureaucratic red tape and make it easier for our state’s businesses to do what they do best: stimulate economic growth and create jobs.”

Chaired by Senator Michael Rubio (D-East Bakersfield), the Select Committee on Economic Development and the State Permitting Process will work to promote policies that streamline the state’s permitting process and address the complicated, burdensome patchwork of regulations that current hinder economic growth.

“As a small-business owner, Sen. Cannella has a unique perspective on the challenges facing California’s businesses, and his insight on what we can do to improve our state’s business climate will be extremely valuable to the select committee’s work,” added Sen. Rubio.

On Sen. Rubio’s recommendation, the Rules Committee today also appointed Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) as a member of the select committee. Both appointments were approved by a vote of 5 to 0.