State Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113) will take on a new role in the upcoming legislative session, which begins on Jan. 9. Perillo will serve as the ranking member (leading Republican) of the Executive & Legislative Nominations Committee. The Executive & Legislative Nominations Committee oversees the nominations of commissioners, the governor\u2019s budget director, workers\u2019 compensation commissioners and hundreds of appointed positions in state government. Every commissioner from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to the state Department of Transportation will have to come before Perillo\u2019s committee to interview for their position. \u201cWe have a new governor with new priorities,\u201d said Perillo. \u201cThose priorities and the bureaucrats he\u2019s appointing to make them happen must be vetted aggressively. This is not a time for softball questions and mutual pats on the back. \u201cWe need to make sure we have qualified individuals running state departments,\u201d added Perillo. \u201cI will work with my colleagues on the committee to ask tough questions on behalf of the taxpayers to ensure that the commissioners that will fill very important roles will be equipped to handle the job.\u201d In addition, Perillo will serve on the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee and the Government Administration & Elections Committee.