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For Immediate Release

Date: 02/08/11

Rep. James Gillway Draws Dual Committee Assignments

AUGUSTA -- State Rep. James Gillway has been assigned an unusually heavy workload for a first-term legislator. He is serving on two high-profile policy panels - the Committee on Transportation and the State and Local Government Committee.

"Serving on two committees will make for a very busy session, and I'm honored to be on both," said Rep. Gillway (R-Searsport). "Transportation was one of my top choices, and as the Searsport town manager I have a strong interest in local government issues. I am particularly concerned about revenue sharing with Maine's municipalities. In recent years, the Legislature has balanced the budget by slicing the revenue share, forcing towns and cities to cut services and raise property taxes."

Rep. Gillway also sees a packed agenda on the Transportation panel. "I know infrastructure is key to Maine's economy, and roads and bridges have been on the back burner for years," he said. "I'd like to see a greater portion of the state budget dedicated to highway maintenance, as was the case in the past. It's a critical issue for economic development and job creation."

The Maine Legislature has 16 bipartisan policy committees, which handle bills and issues that fall within their areas of jurisdiction. Each committee has 13 members - three senators and 10 representatives

The Transportation Committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Transportation; the Bureau of Motor Vehicles; motor vehicle registration and license plates; driver's licenses; and the Maine Turnpike Authority. It also oversees the Highway Fund; transportation policy; aeronautics; highway and bridge construction and maintenance; highway safety; waterways; railroads; and motor vehicles and motor carriers.

The State and Local Government Committee handles state contracts and fiscal procedures; oversight of state officials, and state employees and property. It also holds jurisdiction over boards and commissions; notaries public; county and regional government; county budget process; and the Legislature itself.

Rep. Gillway is a graduate of the University of Maine. In addition to being the Searsport town manager, he has been the town's police chief. He also is an International Police Advisor, with service in Kosovo and Iraq. His House district includes Orland, Verona Island, Frankfort, Prospect, Searsport and Stockton Springs. ###

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