State Sen. John Schickel (R-Union) was appointed by Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) as a member of the Council of State Government (CSG) South Office’s Energy and Environment Committee.
CSG is also known as the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC).
Schickel will participate in meetings during the annual conference scheduled for July 10-14 in Oklahoma City, an announcement said.
“The impact of inflation and supply chain disruptions has made everybody focus a little more on the importance of energy in our daily lives,” said Schickel, who serves as a member of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee.
“Here in Kentucky, we know how important critical minerals are because of the devastating impact federal policies have had on our coal industry,” he said. “Natural resources are going to remain important for things like electric vehicles, which operate on batteries made with minerals. We will need to take the production of these minerals seriously and have good policies in place at the state and especially the federal level. I’m eager to be a part of that conversation and want to thank President Stivers for appointing me to serve on this committee.”
SLC’s Energy and Environment Committee considers issues related to the natural resources of southern states and the role they play in the region’s economic prosperity.
According to its website, SLC exists to support members in all three branches of state government. The organization acts as an extension of state government, fostering the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy and create problem-solving partnerships.