With the opening of the 2013-15 state Legislative Session, state Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36) was sworn into his third term at the State Capitol on Wednesday representing Greenwich and parts of New Canaan and Stamford.
"It is an honor to once again begin serving in the General Assembly today for the benefit of the people of Greenwich, New Canaan and Stamford,"said Frantz, who lives in the Riverside section of Greenwich. "In the coming weeks and months, there will be a lot of challenges and opportunities facing legislators, and I am confident that we (will) continue to improve state government."
Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-28) appointed Frantz to serve as Ranking Member on both the General Assembly's Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and the Commerce Committee. He's also as a member of the Transportation and Legislative Management committees. Frantz also was appointed Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate Republican Caucus.
On the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, Frantz will replace former State Senator Andrew Roraback as the Republican leader of the legislature's tax-writing committee.
"I am honored to have been chosen to be the Ranking Member of this committee and will help lead the efforts to develop a more responsible state budget for the next two years while minimizing the tax burden on individuals and businesses," Frantz said in a prepared statement.
On the Commerce Committee, Frantz will continue to serve as ranking senator and said he will push for legislation aimed at improving the state's business environment and promoting economic growth.
"Connecticut consistently ranks low in measures of our business environment because of high taxes and burdensome regulations," Frantz said. "I plan on addressing these concerns in the Commerce Committee and supporting policies that will put our state back on the path of economic growth and job creation."