Peace Named to Leadership Post of National Conference of State Legislatures

RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover) has been named Vice Chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Human Services and Welfare Committee. NCSL President Stephen Morris, Kansas Senate President, made the appointment. “I am honored to represent the states’ agenda in the continuing debate over the changing state-federal relationship,” said Peace about his new appointment. The National Conference of State Legislatures’ Human Services and Welfare Committee is one of 12 standing committees of NCSL. The committees are responsible for developing policy directives that guide NCSL’s states’ agenda on Capitol Hill and within the administration. The directives stress: opposition to unfunded federal mandates, prevention of unnecessary preemption of state laws, protection of state revenue sources, and increased state flexibility in state-federal programs.

“Delegate Peace brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the table,” said Senator Stephen Morris. “I am pleased that he has accepted the appointment and I look forward to his valuable contributions to state public policy over the next year.”

NCSL has just completed an active year in representing the interests of the states in Washington, D.C. including work on introduction of the Main Street Fairness Act, an extension of the REAL ID Act deadline, and obtaining over $16 Billion in federal assistance to help cover the cost of federal mandates in Medicaid.

Del. Chris Peace serves on the House of Delegates’ Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, the Virginia Joint Commission on Health Care and has been the legislative patron of numerous health policy initiatives particularly concerning seniors aging-in-place and clarifying access to medical records.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealth, and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance, and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.