July 14, 2009
AUGUSTA – Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree has appointed Bangor state representatives to national committees of the Council of State Governments and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Rep. Steve Butterfield, D-Bangor, was appointed to the NCSL Standing Committee on Labor and Economic Development. Butterfield is a member of the Maine Legislature’s Labor Committee.
Rep. Adam Goode, D-Bangor, was appointed to three NCSL committees: Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce; Environment; and Health. Goode is a member of the Legislature’s Insurance and Financial Services Committee.
“I am excited to learn what other states are doing in these important policy areas and to bring ideas that work back to Maine,” said Goode. “This is a great opportunity for collaboration and to learn from the mistakes and successes of other legislatures.”
Rep. Jim Martin, D-Orono, has been appointed to the NCSL Standing Committee on Labor and Economic Development. Martin, who works as a consultant to businesses and organizations seeking to utilize web technologies to enhance profitability and efficiency, is a member of the Maine Legislature’s Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development.
Rep. Sara Stevens, D-Bangor, a member of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, has been appointed to the NCSL Standing Committee on Law and Criminal Justice and the CSG Public Safety and Justice Task Force.
“I am honored to be appointed to these national committees. I am looking forward to collaborating with legislators from across the country and sharing Maine’s values and common-sense approach to important state and national issues,” said Stevens.
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 CSG is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that serves all three branches of state government, helping state officials collaborate and shape public policy. The Eastern Regional Conference considers issues affecting the Northeast. Members include legislators from Massachusetts, Quebec, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Delaware, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania.
Kyle Leighton, communications director, 287-1433