Topeka — Sen.-elect Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence, said Wednesday that she will be chair of the Public Health and Welfare Committee for the 1993 legislative session.
"To be selected chair is a vote of confidence in me and my work on the House health committee," she said.
Praeger won a Senate seat in November after serving one term in the House. She was a member of the House public health and welfare, education and election comittees.
Praeger will replace Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, in the Senate. He decided not to seek re-election.
Praeger said her priorities as chair of the committee would be to moderate health-care costs and improve programs for at-risk children.
"I'm very interested in looking into controlling the rising cost of health care, particularly long-term care and hospital costs," she said.
She is confident lawmakers will devise ways to trim unnecessary health-care administration costs.
As chair of the Senate committee, Praeger will head the House's and Senate's Joint Commission on Health Care Decisions for the 1990s.
"We're not going to wait for the federal government. We need to increase availability and contain costs," she said.
Praeger said the state must do a better job of helping families with at-risk children.
"We must identify problems during infancy and childhood because these are problems that become chronic and ones we have to pay for over a lifetime," Praeger said.
She said she's also interested in serving on the Senate's budget committee and federal and state affairs committee. Regular committee assignments haven't been announced by the Senate leadership.