December 26, 2012
AUGUSTA – Saco and Biddeford’s Democratic members of the Maine House of Representatives recently received their committee assignments for the upcoming legislative session.
Rep. Megan Rochelo (D-Biddeford) will serve on both the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, which oversees state policy regarding the state budget, revenue, bonds, and the Maine Public Employee Retirement System, and the Joint Committee on Rules.
“It’s an honor to be appointed to the Appropriations Committee,” said Rochelo. “I’m looking forward to working with all the other legislators on the committee to tackle the many difficult budget challenges we face.”
Rep. Barry Hobbins (D-Saco) will chair the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, which oversees state policy regarding energy resources, efficiency and conservation, natural gas, telecommunications, emergency services and water and sewer utilities.
“I’m honored to serve as the House chair for the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee,” said Hobbins. “I’m very familiar with the committee’s issues because I served as the Senate chair in the 124th Legislature. New and renewable energy sources, the state’s broadband network and hi-tech jobs are vital to the state’s economy, and I look forward to the this important appointment and challenge.”
Rep. Paulette Beaudoin (D-Biddeford) will serve on the Insurance and Financial Services Committee, which oversees state policy regarding banking, credit unions, the Bureau of Consumer Protection, mortgage lending, foreclosure prevention, mutual funds, and health insurance.
Rep. Alan Casavant (D-Biddeford) will serve on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, which oversees state policy regarding, criminal law, sentencing, the adult and juvenile corrections systems, the Department of Public Safety, firearms, victims’ rights, the probation and parole systems, fire safety, and the Maine Emergency Management Agency.
Rep. Justin Chenette (D-Saco) will serve on the State and Local Government Committee, which oversees state policy regarding the Legislature, state contracts, state government organization, oversight of state officials, state employees and property, boards and commissions, capitol area planning, county and regional government, and municipal and local government.
The representatives were selected to serve on the committee by Speaker of the House Mark Eves. The legislature has 16 joint standing committees, which will begin work in early January. A list of committee members can be found at 126th Legislature.
Dan Ankeles [Beaudoin, Casavant, Chenette, Hobbins, Rochelo], 287-1430