Governor Bill Lee was appointed the co-chair of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Pandemic and Disaster Response Task Force on Wednesday. The other chair selected was Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont.
Lee and Lamont will oversee the Federal Emergency Management administration (FEMA), the National Guard, cybersecurity, healthcare, and all issues related to addressing and recovering from COVID-19, such as testing and personal protective equipment (PPE). Other members in the task force have yet to be announced; as of Wednesday, the two staffers on the task force were legislative directors Mary Catherine Ott and Maribel Ramos.
Lee issued a brief statement on his appointment.
“I look forward to working with my fellow governors in this role as we continue our fight against COVID-19,” wrote Lee.
I look forward to working with my fellow governors in this role as we continue our fight against COVID-19. https://t.co/ylfgKFjjnv
— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) January 20, 2021
The governor’s office hasn’t issued a press release further explaining Lee’s appointment as of press time; Lee’s spokespersons also didn’t respond to request for comment. It is unclear what policies Lee’s task force will propose first.
The task force is one of three created to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and its economic and social strains. As with Lee’s task force, the members of these two task forces have yet to be determined.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshar will co-chair the Economic Recovery and Revitalization Task Force. They will oversee issues pertaining to infrastructure, state stabilization, energy, environment, land management, and taxes.
U.S. Virgin Island Governor Albert Bryan and Missouri Governor Mike Parson will co-chair the Community Renewal Task Force. They will oversee issues pertaining to workforce, nutrition, education, criminal justice, agriculture, and broadband. Throughout their operations, all three task forces will work with NGA’s Executive Committee.
Apart from these three task forces, the NGA only has two other bodies within its association currently: the Executive Committee and the Legal Affairs Committee.
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