By Katherine Geyer
Signal Staff Writer
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth has been appointed to three more select committees, one of them as vice chairman.
In addition to the Select Committee on Wines he was appointed to earlier in the year, Smyth will be serving on the Select Committees on Rail Transportation, Preservation of California’s Entertainment Industry, and Growth Management.
The select committees, which typically consist of about seven people, do not hear legislation, but usually provide reports to the legislature that will be used as a blueprint to outline a particular issue.
Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, said he is especially looking forward to working on the entertainment committee.
“That is the No. 1 employer in my district and it’s critical that California works to retain a good quality industry like the entertainment industry,” he said. “California has a reputation of driving businesses out of the state and we have to get back to bringing business back into the state.”
He said that committee members will educate their colleagues throughout the state so that they understand that the entertainment industry is not just a Los Angeles or Southern California-based industry.
“It’s something that affects people from all over the state and provides economic development and benefits to every county,” he said.
Smyth will serve as the vice chairman on the rail transportation committee, a committee he hopes will help codify the plan for rail transportation in the state.
“You’ve got a lot of different technologies out there vying for that bid,” he said. “So I think it’s important as a state to look at it as a whole and then try to make some recommendations.” he said.
As a member of the committee on growth management, Smyth said he will look at the way growth is handled throughout different areas of the state.
“Because I’ve served as a City Council member and mayor of one of the fastest growing cities in the state, I feel that I can bring some perspective to the committees that will be helpful,” he said.
“My position on that committee is I want to make sure that the state still leaves most of the growth management positions to the local government because what’s good for the Antelope Valley is going to be different the coast of Santa Barbara. It should be the local jurisdictions that should maintain that ultimate authority.”