December 30, 2008
AUGUSTA – Bangor’s four new Democratic state representatives have received their committee assignments for the 124th Legislature. Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree appointed members to the joint standing committees based on their personal areas of interest and expertise.
Rep. Adam Goode was appointed to the Insurance and Financial Services Committee.
The committee considers legislation concerning issues including banking, credit and stocks; credit, automobile, life, property and casualty insurance; health insurance; health care reform; and the Dirigo Health Agency.
“In my career I’ve had conversations with thousands of Mainers at their homes about the need for guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care in our state,” said Goode, who works on social issues as part of his job at the Maine People’s Alliance and Maine People’s Resource Center. “I am excited about working with other committee members and the Legislature to ensure that the people of Maine have access to quality, affordable health care.”
Rep. Steve Butterfield was appointed to the Labor Committee. The committee considers legislation regarding the Department of Labor; wage and hour laws; working conditions, including health and safety; workforce development; unemployment compensation; workers’ compensation; labor relations; collective bargaining; and retirement issues.
Butterfield has experience working on labor issues at the Maine State Employees Association and the Service Employees International Union.
Rep. Jim Martin, a former small business owner, was appointed to the Business, Research and Economic Development Committee. The BRED Committee considers legislation on issues including business regulation; professional and occupational licensing; retail pricing; franchising; advertising; real estate practices; consumer protection; Maine State Housing Authority; affordable housing; homelessness; Finance Authority of Maine; economic planning and development agencies; venture capital and trade programs; opportunity zones; import competition; product marketing; research and development; and tourism.
Rep. Sara Stevens was appointed to the Judiciary Committee. The committee’s jurisdiction includes the judicial system organization and budget; criminal and civil procedure; civil actions; immunity; child protection; family law; domestic relations; child support; adoption; legal services; attorneys; the Attorney General’s Office; abortion and reproductive rights; civil rights; and human rights.
Stevens works as a district representative in Congressman Mike Michaud’s Bangor office.
Lori Eschholz, Legislative Aide, 287-1430
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