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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/03/11

Rep. Stacey Fitts to Chair Energy, Utilities Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Stacey Fitts will shoulder a heavy workload in the 125th Legislature by chairing an important committee and serving on two other key panels.

The fourth-term legislator has been named House chair of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, which will play a major role in the continuing story of Maine's energy supply. He also has been appointed to the Regulatory Fairness and Reform Committee, meant to reduce the "red tape" that is slowing down job creation. Moreover, he is on the 10-member Joint Select Committee on Joint Rules, which sets the operational guidelines for the new Legislature.

The appointments were made by House Speaker Robert Nutting, who said Rep. Fitts has the essential attributes for a successful chairmanship on the Energy panel. "Stacey Fitts has a well-deserved reputation for tireless dedication to his duties as a legislator," he said. "He is respectful of all points of view, and he brings to the job the engineering background and technical expertise that are indispensable to running this important committee."

Rep. Fitts (R-Pittsfield) said he is pleased by his new assignments. "In these uncertain economic times, it is vital that we consider innovative solutions to move our state towards energy independence," he said. "It is equally vital that we bring common sense to the regulatory arena. The overall goal is to restore prosperity and make Maine more business-friendly so we can provide better employment opportunities for our citizens."

Rep. Fitts brings extensive experience to his leadership post on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. This marks his fourth term on the panel. He also served on the Ocean Energy Task Force, which examined the potential for such ocean-based energy resources as wind, tidal power and wave action.

The Energy committee's jurisdiction embraces energy resources, efficiency and conservation; and the electric industry, including supply, transmission and distribution. It also oversees the natural gas industry, along with telecommunications, which involves mobile, telephone, Internet, broadband and cable television services. The Public Utilities Commission and the Office of the Public Advocate also fall under its purview.

Rep. Fitts, who represents Clinton, Detroit and Pittsfield, holds a bachelor of science degree in marine engineering from Maine Maritime Academy. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
Tel: (207) 287-1445