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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Senator Robin Webb, D-Grayson, who represents Greenup, Lewis, Carter, Bracken, Mason and Robertson counties in Kentucky has been appointed to the 2013 Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee.

Webb, a key player in the negotiations of the tobacco Settlement Money Agreement (House Bill 611) in 2000, said that she is looking forward to her appointment to the oversight committee.

“This committee focuses on such important matters as money for sustainable Kentucky crops, agricultural development, small-sized farms and transforming the industry,” Webb said. “I can bring a lot of agriculture and related knowledge to the table and be an advocate for Kentucky farmers.”

The Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee oversees the use of tobacco Master Settlement Agreement money, which was created with the passage of HB 611. The Committee also addresses a wide range of issues that pertain to requests to the board for grants and loans; to expenditures under the Early Childhood Development Fund and the Kentucky Health Care Improvement Fund; to efforts of agencies and educational institutions to assist in the revitalization and diversification of tobacco farms.

“Tobacco Oversight deals with topics that are important to Kentucky’s farmers and north eastern Kentucky,” Webb said. “I look forward to hitting the ground running on this committee.”

Webb has also been appointed to the Appropriations and Revenue; Natural Resources and Energy, and Agriculture committees. She will also serve on the Energy Special Subcommittee.

The legislature convened at noon Tuesday for a brief organizational session, which will conclude Friday. Legislators will return to Frankfort Tuesday, Feb. 5, to continue the 2013 Legislative Session.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com

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