Rep. Steve Kirby of Tacoma once again will chair the House Business & Financial Services Committee in the 2013 Legislature.

The committee plays a lead role in protecting consumers from fraud and abuse. It considers the licensing and regulation of businesses and professions (excluding health care and the law) and legislation relating to insurance. It regulates consumer credit, lending, securities and investments and the soundness of banks and credit unions. The committee handles consumer issues regarding insurance and financial services and also motor vehicles.

Kirby has chaired the committee since 2005.

Kirby also was named to the Judiciary Commitee and to the newly formed Government Accountability & Oversight Committee.

The majority Democratic caucus in the House approved committee assignments for all its members today.


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