July 13, 2009
AUGUSTA – Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree has appointed South Portland state Reps. Jane Eberle, Terry Morrison and Bryan Kaenrath to national committees of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Eberle was appointed to NCSL’s committees on Agriculture and Energy, and Environment. Eberle, a strong advocate for the environment, is a member of the Maine Legislature’s committees on Natural Resources and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
“With all of the advances we are making with alternative energy and a renewed focus on the environment, I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with legislators from other states on new, more innovative solutions,” said Eberle.
Kaenrath was appointed to NCSL’s committees on Budgets and Revenue, and Transportation. Kaenrath serves on the Maine Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee.
Morrison, a member of the Maine Legislature’s Insurance and Financial Services Committee, was appointed to NCSL’s committee on Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce.
The NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves legislators and staff in all 50 states. Its standing committees meet three times a year to allow legislators from different states to share expertise and benefit from other states’ experience.
The NCSL’s stated mission is “to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures, promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures, and to ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.” There are 12 NCSL committees, and committee members develop policy on state-federal issues to guide NCSL’s lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.
Kyle Leighton, communications director, 287-1433