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For Immediate Release

Date: 02/07/11

Rep. Larry Dunphy Tapped for Energy, Utilities Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Larry Dunphy has already gone to work on the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, a policy panel that will put him in position to shape legislation on a range of issues, from energy conservation and the natural gas industry to cable TV services.

Rep. Dunphy (R-Embden), a first-term legislator, said he is pleased with his committee assignment. "Energy is central to our way of life," he said. "I work in the paper industry, and the cost of electricity is a major concern. My interest is in bringing down the price of power, and to do that we need to establish a serious strategy. The work of this committee revolves around issues of that nature, and I'm looking forward to the debate."

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.

The Energy committee's jurisdiction includes energy resources, efficiency and conservation; and the electric industry, including supply, transmission and distribution. It also oversees the natural gas industry, along with telecommunications, which involves mobile, telephone, Internet, broadband and cable television services. The Public Utilities Commission and the Office of the Public Advocate also fall under its purview.

Rep. Dunphy, a U.S. Navy veteran, is a production supervisor for the pulping operation at Madison Paper Industries. He said the new Legislature has one overriding goal - to reverse Maine's economic slide and create a business climate that will lead to more economic activity and job creation.

"My experience in the paper industry, and my brothers' experiences in different businesses, has made it clear to me why Maine is rated as one of the most business-unfriendly states," he said. "If these conditions are not reversed, the downward spiral of Maine's economy will continue until our state becomes a true 'vacationland' with no jobs except serving tourists. It will no longer be the state I grew up in and not the state I want for my children and grandchildren."

Rep. Dunphy represents sprawling House District 88, which includes Carrabassett Valley and Coplin Plantation, plus the unorganized territory of Wyman Township in Franklin County. It also includes Wellington in Piscataquis County.

The district includes the towns of Anson, Bingham, Caratunk, Embden, Jackman, Moose River, Moscow, New Portland and the Plantations of Brighton, Dennistown, Highland, Pleasant Ridge, The Forks and West Forks plus the unorganized territories of Concord and Lexington Townships, Northeast Somerset (including Rockwood Strip), Northwest Somerset and Seboomook Lake, all in Somerset County.###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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