December 26, 2012
AUGUSTA – Maine State Legislature joint committee assignments have been announced.
First term Rep. Janice Cooper, D-Yarmouth, was selected to serve on two joint standing committees - the Insurance and Financial Services Committee and the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee.
“It is an honor to be selected for both committees,” said Cooper. “My constituents care deeply about sensible preservation, conservation and utilization of Maine’s environment and natural resources, which are sources of our economic strength and go to the heart of Maine’s identity. I will also work with my colleagues to ensure that the transition to the insurance network system created by that law is effective and smooth in our State, and provides coverage to all Mainers.”
Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, is also serving her first term in the State House. Gideon was appointed to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.
“We have an opportunity to lower energy costs for Maine residents and businesses, encourage increased energy efficiency, and promote clean and renewable energy,” said Gideon. “I am also looking forward to promoting innovation and investment in Maine's technology sector, so that we can attract and grow new technology businesses that will provide good-paying jobs here in Maine.”
First term Rep. Stephen Moriarty, D-Cumberland, was selected to serve on the Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Falmouth, was selected to serve on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.
Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, was selected to serve as the House chair of the committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
Representatives Nelson, Dion, Moriarty, Cooper, and Gideon were selected to serve on their committees by Speaker of the House Mark Eves. The legislature has 16 joint standing committees which begin work in early January. A list of committee members can be found at 126th Legislature.
Stefanie Veneziano [Gideon, Cooper], 287-1430
Douglas Kempner [Nelson, Moriarty], 287-1430
Ryan MacDonald [Dion], 287-1430