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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/26/11

Rep. David Johnson Appointed to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. David Johnson has been named to the Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, giving him an influential voice in a range of areas, from election law and veterans' programs to off-track betting.

"This committee was one of my top choices," said Rep. Johnson (R-Eddington), a first-term legislator "As a former Marine with an active interest in veterans' issues, I look forward to the work we'll be handling. This committee will be busy this session with gambling issues and some high-profile bills to change our voting procedures."

A number of military veterans are on the committee this session, including State Sen. Nichi Farnham (R-Penobscot), an Air Force Academy graduate, who will serve as the Senate chair.

Rep. Johnson, a self-employed carpenter, served in the Marine Corps from 1977 to 1981. He is a charter member of the Marine Corps League for the Greater Bangor Area, Detachment 1151. He is treasurer and deacon of the East Eddington Community Church, and he served on the board of the Eddington Clifton Civic Center.

The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee has jurisdiction over liquor laws; lottery; games of chance; harness racing; and off-track betting. It also oversees election laws;

campaign practices; campaign financing and the Maine Clean Election Act; voter registration; and initiatives and referenda.

Additionally, the committee handles veterans' programs; the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Services; the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations; and the Maine National Guard.

All bills related to one or more of these issues will be directed to the committee, where the members will hold public hearings and work sessions before voting on the bills and forwarding them to the full House and Senate.

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
Tel: (207) 287-1445