State District 62 Rep. Reggie Smith announced this week that he has been assigned to the House Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence for the 86th Legislature. Smith represents Delta, Fannin and Grayson counties.

“I am appreciative of the confidence that Speaker (Dennis) Bonnen has shown in me as a freshman by appointing me to these two important committees,” Smith said in a statement. “I look forward to beginning the work of these committees continuing to represent the needs of my district.”

The statement said the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence has jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to: fines and penalties arising under civil laws; civil law, including rights, duties, remedies, and procedures and including probate and guardianship matters; civil procedure in the courts of Texas; permission to sue the state; creating, changing, or otherwise affecting courts of judicial districts of the state; establishing districts for the election of judicial officers; courts and court procedures.

The House Appropriations Committee is charged with writing the state’s biennial budget for the Texas House of Representatives. Smith is one of only four freshman members appointed to the committee.