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Posted: March 5, 2003

MINNER: NEW ROLES WITH GOVERNORS' ASSOCIATION

DOVER -- Governor Ruth Ann Minner has accepted positions on homeland security and biotechnology committees in the National Governors Association, she announced Tuesday. Her nomination to the groups took place during the NGA winter meeting in Washington D.C. last week.

 Gov. Minner will be the lead Democratic governor on the issue of homeland security for the NGA. In this position, she will bring policy positions to the NGA membership for adoption. 

At the NGA meeting, Gov. Minner also wrote and pushed for the adoption of a new homeland security position by the NGA Executive Committee that will enable the NGA to lobby on a variety of pending bills in Congress related to homeland security efforts at the state and local level. 

I have urged and will continue to urge the federal government to support with funding what the states are doing to make our homeland secure, Gov. Minner said. 

Gov. Minner also accepted the position of vice chair for the Governors Biotechnology Partnership, which provides a nonpartisan forum for governors to work on issues related to agricultural biotechnology in the United States and abroad. 

I have made developing a biotechnology sector in Delaware a priority in my administration and so it is a natural fit to work on the issue for the NGA as well, she said.  

Also at the meeting last week, Gov. Minner joined the nine-member National Governors Association Executive Committee, the governing body of the NGA. The association includes governors from all 50 states, the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands, as well as the commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico.

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