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Engler to chair Senate Interim Committee

JEFFERSON CITY — Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, was appointed by Sen. President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, to serve as chairman of the five-member Senate Interim Committee on the 21st Century Choice in Technology.

The committee is responsible for taking a look at new technologies and how they affect various aspects of Missouri life. Next January, the members will submit recommendations to the General Assembly about how Missouri can use 21st-century technology to improve education, rural medical-care services, telecommunications, cable television, the Internet and the state energy supply.

“Many systems in the state are out-of-sync with the needs of Missourians and out-of-date with the capabilities of new-millennium technologies,” Engler said. “I am excited at the chance to be involved with initial efforts to streamline and make more efficient the services that Missouri provides.”

Engler brings to the interim panel his experience from serving on various senate committees that deal with a range of issues from commerce and the environment to tourism and governmental organizations.

Over the next several months, the Senate Interim Committee on the 21st Century Choice in Technology will hold public hearings at various locations throughout the state. The other members of the committee are: Sen. John Griesheimer, R-Washington; Sen. Chris Koster, R-Harrisonville; Sen. Joan Bray, D-St. Louis; and Sen. Timothy Green, D-St. Louis.

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