State Representatives-elect Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) on Monday were given their first term legislative committee assignments from new House Republican Leader Themis Klarides. Staneski and Ferraro were elected to their first term on Nov. 4. The legislative session opens on Jan. 7. After Rep. Klarides announced the two committee appointments, she said, \u201cThe early work of the committee process is where our state laws are born, and it\u2019s where legislators like Pam and Charles can provide the most positive influence for the people they serve and the state as a whole.\u201d Staneski was tapped to serve on the Education, Children\u2019s and Veterans Affairs committees, and she said she is pleased with the assignments. \u201cI am looking forward to an exciting legislative session serving on both the education and children\u2019s committees with a bi-partisan focus on putting forth legislation that will improve our young people\u2019s education and protect and support our state's most precious resource, our children,\u201d Staneski said. \u201cI fought hard to get on the Veterans Affairs committee,\u201d she added. \u201cConnecticut needs to do everything possible to make sure our state\u2019s veterans are properly cared for and have employment opportunities when they return back to civilian life.\u201d When he takes office, Ferraro will serve on the legislature\u2019s Appropriations Committee, which is tasked with writing the two-year state budget. Ferraro seems eager for that task. \u201cAnalysts say we\u2019re facing a massive budget deficit, and just before the legislative session begins we\u2019re hearing little beyond talk about tax increases to fill the multi-billion-dollar gap,\u201d he said. \u201cPeople can\u2019t afford tax hikes, and the legislature should explore ways to reduce government spending before digging deeper into anybody\u2019s pocket.\u201d Ferraro has also been tapped to serve on the Public Safety and Security committee, which is involved in matters relating to homeland security, the Department of Public Safety, including state police, state organized task force on crime, municipal police training, fire marshals, the fire safety code and the state building code, civil preparedness and legalized gambling. Additionally, Ferraro is being appointed to the Human Services committee, which oversees all matters relating to the Department of Social Services and the Department of Children and Families, including institutions under their jurisdiction; the Office of Child Day Care; the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities; the Commission on the Deaf and the Hearing Impaired; and the Board of Education and Services for the Blind. \u201cServing on the Human Services committee gives me an inside look at the Department of Social Services which is the largest line item in Connecticut\u2019s state budget and serves so many state residents,\u201d Ferraro said.