Rep. Harris joins panel on the aging, disabled



State Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, will serve on the new Joint Legislative-Executive Committee on Aging and Disability, which will re-examine state programs in light of the growing number of senior citizens and disabled residents.

The committee is tasked with projecting the growth of such populations through 2030, creating a list of state programs that work with those groups and coming up with policies to make those programs more effective. Housing, land use, transportation, health care, long-term care and financial security will all be discussed.

The committee, which was created this year through a provision in the state’s operating budget, must submit a preliminary report to the Legislature by Dec. 10, and final recommendations to the governor by December 2014.

State Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima, also will serve on the committee. He represents the 14th Legislative District, which extends into an eastern portion of Clark County.