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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/25/11

Rep. Maker takes post on Educationand Cultural Affairs Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Joyce Maker has been assigned to the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, putting her in position to shape legislation on a range of issues, from school finance and special education to the community college and University of Maine systems.

"I'm very pleased to be on the Education Committee," said Rep. Maker (R-Calais), a first-term legislator. "My professional career has been in education, and I hope that will assist me in making decisions for the rural areas of our state. With decreasing enrollment and less money coming into our schools, we have to address the needs of our children from kindergarten through college."

House Speaker Robert Nutting said Rep. Maker's extensive background in education made her a natural fit for the high-profile committee. Rep. Maker is a retired college administrator and financial aid director at Washington County Community College. She served on the board of directors for the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) for two four-year terms. For 12 years, she served on the Calais School Board. She also served as president of the board of the Maine Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee's jurisdiction includes the Department of Education; school finance, governance and administration; school budgets; special education and child development services; school choice and homeschooling.

The panel also oversees the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System. Its cultural affairs jurisdiction includes the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine State Library, the Maine State Museum and the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation.

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.

Rep. Maker represents House District 31, which includes eight of the 44 towns in Washington County. They include Baileyville, Baring, Calais, Charlotte, Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point, Passamaquoddy Indian Township, Perry, Robinson and part of the unorganized territory of North Washington. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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