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Murdock receives new committee assignments at Legislature

State Rep. Mark Murdock, R-Ottertail, has received a new slate of legislative committee assignments, including a position as Transportation Policy and Finance Committee vice chairman.

Murdock, who was re-elected to a second House term in November, also will serve on two other committees, both of which are reform-oriented and focus on the areas of education and commerce/regulation.

"I am honored to be selected for a leadership role in transportation because we face serious issues now and also in preparing our system for the future," Murdock said. "I also am eager to get to work on the reform committees because we really need to take a hard look at how government operates. There are ways we can get more bang for the taxpayers' buck and it's more important than ever for us to do exactly that."

The Legislature's committee structure will be reduced by approximately one-third when the 2011 session begins Jan. 4. Leaders of the new Republican majorities in the House and Senate said the streamlining was done to both reduce the cost of government and increase transparency in the lawmaking process.