For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA -- State Rep. Rich Malaby has been appointed to the high-profile Health and Human Services Committee (HHS), an unusual assignment for a first-term legislator. The position gives him an influential voice in shaping legislation on issues ranging from MaineCare and medical marijuana to homelessness.
"I'm honored that leadership has seen fit to appoint me to a committee whose work touches so many individuals in our communities," said Rep. Malaby (R-Hancock). "I look forward to working hard to ensure that Maine's neediest citizens receive the services they require in the most effective, efficient and dignified manner possible.
"I also want to help make sure," he added, "that the system gives individuals the resources and motivation they need to succeed and become productive and self-reliant members of our society to the greatest extent possible."
The Health and Human Services Committee has one of the broadest jurisdictional charters in the Legislature. It oversees the huge Department of Health and Human Services; MaineCare, Medicaid, and Medicare Part D; and children's welfare and mental health services. It also handles disease control; prescription drugs; social and rehabilitation services; substance abuse; mental health; disabilities; poverty; homelessness and public assistance.
The committee's purview also extends to home and community-based long-term care; aging, elderly and disability issues; medical use of marijuana; maternal and infant health; and nursing facilities and residential care.
The Maine Legislature has 16 bipartisan policy committees that handle bills and issues that fall within their areas of jurisdiction. Each committee has 13 members - three senators and 10 representatives.
Rep. Malaby, a chef and innkeeper, owns the Crocker House Country Inn, in Hancock. His extensive community involvement includes 15 years on the Hancock school board, 15 years on the Town of Hancock budget committee and nine years as a trustee at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, in Ellsworth. He also is a founding member of Chef's Gala, a benefit for breast cancer treatment. Rep. Malaby is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a master's degree from Michigan State University.
Rep. Malaby's House district includes Gouldsboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham and Winter Harbor, plus the unorganized territory of No. 8 Township.
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