State Rep. Gary Leif has been appointed vice chairman of the newly created Interim House Committee on Water. The committee was formed to deal with the complexities of water policy throughout the state. Previously, water policy legislation was handled by multiple committees designed to focus on other issues. Leif will also continue to serve on two subcommittees of the Joint Interim Committee on Ways and Means. One of those focuses on transportation and economic development, while the other focuses on public safety.