The Great State of Tom Apodaca

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Hendersonville) serves on 12 of the 23 Senate Standing Committees.
--He is the sole Chair of 2: Rules and Ways & Means.
--He is a Co-Chair of 3: Appropriations on Education/Higher Education, Insurance & Pensions and Retirement.
--He is a regular Member of 7: Appropriations on Base Budget, Appropriations on Justice & Public Safety, Commerce, Education/Higher Education, Finance, Judiciary I and Redistricting.

The daily calendar is under his purview as is the general flow of bills. As Rules Chair, Sen. Apodaca decides in which committee bills will be heard, and if they will be heard. It is also up to him whether a bill is debated on the Floor and what day.

His Committee assignments and his leadership responsibilities cover most of the issues expected to be hot this Session.

When you see Sen. Apodaca's name in the media the word "powerful" will likely be used as a modifier to "Rules Chair" every time. Indeed, he is.



It's ironic, isn't it, that these "powerful" individuals turn out to be nothing more than a flyspeck in history. That will certainly be true with this guy. I take some small satisfaction in this knowledge.

Bipartisan action

Just to mix things up a bit:

The North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections has honored N.C. Sen. Tom Apodaca and four House colleagues for their work on passing electronic disclosure of campaign finance reports.

The passage of Senate Bill 403 included a provision requiring all statewide candidates who raise or spend more than $5,000 and all other candidates who raise or spend more than $10,000 to file their campaign reports electronically beginning in 2017.