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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/26/11

Rep. Waterhouse Draws Double Duty Legislative Assignments

AUGUSTA - State Rep. G. Paul Waterhouse will handle a double-duty assignment in the new Legislature, serving on both the Judiciary Committee and the Taxation Committee. He also has been named to the House Ethics Committee.

"It's an honor and a privilege to represent the people of District 98 in the Maine House," said Rep. Waterhouse, who has returned to legislative service after previously serving eight years in the House, finishing in 2002. "I have six years of experience on the Judiciary Committee and I look forward to dealing with the issues that come before that committee - issues that are so important to the people of Maine."

Rep. Waterhouse also is looking forward to the challenge of serving on the Taxation Committee. "The Taxation Committee will be very active, with at least 200 bills to deal with," he said. "It will be a challenge as we deal with reforming Maine's tax policy with the goal of eventually reducing the tax burden on our citizens. Our high taxes, especially on small-business owners, are a real drag on our economy and hinder job creation and business expansion."

Rep. Waterhouse is a Navy veteran with service from 1960 to 1966. As a coxswain of landing craft, responsible for landing Marines and Army Rangers, he earned the Cuban Missile Crisis Ribbon. He is a retired carpenter and former owner of Waterhouse Carpentry.

The Taxation Committee has jurisdiction over the Bureau of Revenue Services and the State Property Tax Review Board. It also oversees tax policy; property valuation and assessment; municipal revenue sharing; taxation of unorganized territories; tax increment financing; and tree growth and other current use tax issues. The panel also has jurisdiction over the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, the so-called "circuit breaker" rebate program.

The Judiciary Committee has one of the broadest jurisdictional charters in the Legislature. It oversees the Judicial system organization and budget; criminal procedure; civil procedure; civil actions, including torts and medical malpractice; family law; and legal services. Additionally, it has jurisdiction over attorneys; abortion and reproductive rights; civil rights; medical rights; and human rights. It also deals with probate law; property law; property rights; unclaimed property; the Uniform Commercial Code; and laws relating to Maine's Indian Tribes, including the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act;

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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