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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/13/11

Rep. Morissette Draws Dual Committee Assignments

AUGUSTA -- State Rep. Susan Morissette has been assigned an unusually heavy workload for a first-term legislator. She will serve on two high-profile policy panels - the Committee on Insurance and Financial Services and the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

"Serving on two committees will make for a very busy session," said Rep. Morissette (R-Winslow). "I'm honored to be on both of them. I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature and representing the people of Maine on the important issues that will come before us. Overall, the Legislature is expected to see more than 2,000 bills in this first year, so we know the action will be intense."

Rep. Morissette has worked in emergency management and has training with the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. She also has been a small-business owner, a business consultant, a teacher and the executive director of a non-profit enterprise.

Rep. Morissette is best known nationally as executive director of the Heart of America Quilt project that spans all 50 states and several other countries. Her work honoring the victims of the 9/11 tragedy by creating the world's largest quilted American flag has won her praise from military leaders, firefighters, police officers and others involved in protecting our country.

The Insurance and Financial Services Committee has jurisdiction over a sprawling range of things, including banking; financial institutions; credit unions; consumer credit; mortgage lending; foreclosure prevention; and stocks, mutual funds, bonds and other securities. It also oversees health insurance; health care reform; the Dirigo Health Agency; and insurance rating, regulation and practices.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is another multi-faceted panel. It exercises jurisdiction over the Maine Criminal Code; the Department of Public Safety; the Department of Corrections; and law enforcement. Its other oversight responsibilities include driving infractions, fire safety and arson; firearms; concealed firearms permits; and the Maine Emergency Management Agency.

The Maine Legislature has 16 joint standing committees, each composed of 13 members - three senators and 10 members of the House. Every committee has jurisdiction over clearly defined parts of state government.


Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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