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For Immediate Release

Date: 02/18/11

Rep. Moulton Draws Double Duty Legislative Assignments

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Brad Moulton is handling a double-duty assignment in the new Legislature, serving on both the Judiciary Committee and the State and Local Government Committee.

"It's an honor and a privilege to represent the people of District 149 in the Maine House once again, and I'm delighted to be on both committees," said Rep. Moulton (R-Cape Neddick). "Judiciary is a plum assignment for any attorney, and I'm very pleased to be back on State and Local Government, where I served during the 122nd Legislature.

"I expect a very busy session," he added. "A lot of bills have been filed this time around. Any time you have a change in control of the Legislature, there's a lot of pent-up demand for bills that never would have succeeded in the recent past. Republicans haven't controlled the House and Senate together since the mid-1970s."

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; and the Legislature itself.

Rep. Moulton said some of the issues already surfacing in the committee involve legislative term limits, reform of state government and disputes between towns. "We'll be handling some land use disputes," he said. "I'm the only attorney on the committee and have experience in land use planning, so that should be quite useful."

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 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.

Rep. Moulton's House district includes Ogunquit and parts of Kittery, Wells and York. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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