December 28, 2022 Article

Committee Assignments

Committee assignments for the 131st Maine State Legislature have been made public. This article from the Bangor Daily News mentions some of the most interesting choices made by Senate President Jackson and Speaker Rachel Talbot-Ross. The full list of the joint select committees is attached.

Please take note of the fact that many committees have new Democratic Senate and House Chairs and Republican Senators and House Leads. Obviously with term limits and legislative turnover, most, if not all, committees will have changes in membership.

Please also pay close attention, as will we, to the membership of the committees most relevant to your issues. We will work with you to set up meetings with new committee members and relevant committee chairs and leads.

Reminder: Cloture and Inauguration 

We will repeat that cloture is Friday, December 30th at 4 pm. All legislation must be submitted by that deadline by the legislative sponsor. All proposals for our clients that have been brought to our attention are in the process of being or have been submitted. Should there be any legislative proposals you wish to move forward in the 131st Legislature that have not yet been discussed with a member of Preti’s government affairs team, please reach out to us immediately.

January 4th is also Inauguration Day and the day of Preti’s pre-Inauguration Reception. The reception will take place prior to the Inauguration Ceremony from 2-5 pm at the Governor Hill Mansion, 136 State Street, Augusta. We hope you will plan to attend and encourage you to direct your RSVP to Amber Mann [email protected]

As always please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns or information.

Committee Appointments by President of the Senate Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Rachel Talbot Ross

Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Senator Henry Ingwersen, Chair (D-York)
Senator Craig Hickman (D-Kennebec)
Senator Russell Black (R-Franklin)
William D. Pluecker, Chair (I-Warren)
Allison Hepler (D-Woolwich)
Laurie Osher (D-Orono)
Rebecca L. Jauch (D-Topsham)
Kathy A. Shaw (D-Auburn)
Randall C. Hall (R-Wilton)*
Danny Edward Costain (R-Plymouth)
Dean A. Cray (R-Palmyra)
Timothy C. Guerrette (R-Caribou)
Caldwell Jackson (R-Oxford)

Appropriations and Financial Services

Senator Peggy Rotundo, Chair (D-Androscoggin)
Senator Jill Duson (D-Cumberland)
Senator Richard Bennett (R-Oxford)
Melanie F. Sachs, Chair (D-Freeport)
Jessica L. Fay (D-Raymond)
Benjamin T. Collings (D-Portland)
Ann Higgins Matlack (D-St. George)
Rebecca J. Millett (D-Cape Elizabeth)
Drew M. Gattine (D-Westbrook)
H. Sawin Millett, Jr. (R-Waterford)*
John E. Ducharme III (R-Madison)
Mark John Blier (R-Buxton)
Nathan M. Carlow (R-Buxton)

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Senator Pinny Beebe-Center, Chair (D-Knox)
Senator David LaFountain (D-Kennebec)
Senator Matthew Harrington (R-York)
Suzanne M. Salisbury, Chair (D-Westbrook) 
Grayson B. Lookner (D-Portland)
Tavis Rock Hasenfus (D-Readfield)
Kristi Michele Mathieson (D-Kittery) 
Michel A. Lajoie (D-Lewiston)
Nina Azella Milliken (D-Blue Hill)
Robert W. Nutting (R-Oakland)*
Daniel J. Newman (R-Belgrade)
Donald J. Ardell (R-Monticello)
Chad Richard Perkins (R-Dover-Foxcroft)

Energy, Utilities and Technology

Senator Mark W. Lawrence, Chair (D-York)
Senator Nicole Grohoski (D-Hancock)
Senator Matthew Harrington (R-York)
Stanley Paige Zeigler, Jr., Chair (D-Montville)
Christopher J. Kessler (D-South Portland)
Valli D. Geiger (D-Rockland)
James A. Boyle (D-Gorham)
Sophia B. Warren (D-Scarborough)
Walter Gerard Runte, Jr. (D-York)
Steven D. Foster (R-Dexter)*
Mark Michael Babin (R-Fort Fairfield)
Larry C. Dunphy (R-Embden)
Reagan L. Paul (R-Winterport)

Health and Human Services

Senator Joseph Baldacci, Chair (D-Penobscot)
Senator Henry Ingwersen (D-York)
Senator Marianne Moore (R-Washington)
Michele Meyer, Chair (D-Eliot)
Colleen M. Madigan (D-Waterville)
Margaret Craven (D-Lewiston)
Samuel Lewis Zager (D-Portland)
Daniel Joseph Shagoury (D-Hallowell)
Anne P. Graham (D-North Yarmouth)
Kathy Irene Javner (R-Chester)*
Abigail W. Griffin (R-Levant)
Michael H. Lemelin (R-Chelsea)
Ann Fredericks (R-Sanford)

Education and Cultural Affairs

Senator Joe Rafferty, Chair (D-York)
Senator Teresa Pierce (D-Cumberland)
Senator James Libby (R-Cumberland)
Michael F. Brennan, Chair (D-Portland)
Janice S. Dodge (D-Belfast)
Rebecca J. Millett (D-Cape Elizabeth)
Holly T. Sargent (D-York)
Kelly Noonan Murphy (D-Scarborough)
James Mark Worth (D-Ellsworth)
Heidi H. Sampson (R-Alfred)*
Sheila A. Lyman (R-Livermore Falls)
Edward J. Polewarczyk (R-Wiscasset)
Barbara A. Bagshaw (R-Windham)

Environment and Natural Resources

Senator Stacy Brenner, Chair (D-Cumberland)
Senator Anne M. Carney (D-Cumberland)
Senator Peter Lyford (R-Penobscot)
Lori K. Gramlich, Chair (D-Old Orchard Beach)
Margaret M. O’Neil (D-Saco)
Victoria W. Doudera (D-Camden)
Arthur L. Bell (D-Yarmouth)
William R. Bridgeo (D-Augusta)
Daniel J. Hobbs (D-Wells)
Richard H. Campbell (R-Orrington)*
Tammy L. Schmersal-Burgess (R-Mexico)
Michael Soboleski (R-Phillips)
David Woodsome (R-Waterboro)

Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services

Senator Donna Bailey, Chair (D-York)
Senator Cameron Reny (D-Lincoln)
Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin)
Anne C. Perry, Chair (D-Calais)
Poppy Arford (D-Brunswick)
Kristi Michele Mathieson (D-Kittery)
Anne-Marie Mastraccio (D-Sanford)
Jane P. Pringle (D-Windham)
Sally Jeane Cluchey (D-Bowdoinham)
Joshua Morris (R-Turner)*
Robert W. Nutting (R-Oakland)
Scott W. Cyrway (R-Albion)
Gregory Lewis Swallow (R-Houlton)

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Senator David LaFountain, Chair (D-Kennebec)
Senator Glenn “Chip” Curry (D-Waldo)
Senator Russell Black (R-Franklin)
H. Scott Landry, Jr., Chair (D-Farmington)
James F. Dill (D-Old Town)
Cheryl A. Golek (D-Harpswell)
Sally Jeane Cluchey (D-Bowdoinham)
Clinton E. Collamore, Sr. (D-Waldoboro)
Richard G. Mason (R-Lisbon)*
Stephen J. Wood (R-Greene)
Gary A. Drinkwater (R-Milford)
David Woodsome (R-Waterboro)
James E. Thorne (R-Carmel)

Judiciary

Senator Anne M. Carney, Chair (D-Cumberland)
Senator Benjamin M. Chipman, (D-Cumberland)
Senator Peter Lyford (R-Penobscot)
Matthew W. Moonen, Chair (D-Portland)
Lois Galgay Reckitt (D-South Portland)
Stephen W. Moriarty (D-Cumberland)
Erin R. Sheehan (D-Biddeford)
Adam R. Lee (D-Auburn)
Amy D. Kuhn (D-Falmouth)
Jennifer L. Poirier (R-Skowhegan)*
John Andrews (R-Paris)
David G. Haggan (R-Hampden)
Rachel Ann Henderson (R-Rumford)
Aaron M. Dana (the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

Marine Resources

Senator Cameron Reny, Chair (D-Lincoln)
Senator Pinny Beebe-Center (D-Knox)
Senator Marianne Moore (R-Washington)
Allison Hepler, Chair (D-Woolwich)
H. Scott Landry, Jr. (D-Farmington)
Vicki W. Doudera (D-Camden)
Lydia V. Crafts (D-Newcastle)
James F. Dill (D-Old Town)
Holly Rae Eaton (D-Deer Isle)
James E. Thorne (R-Carmel)*
Tiffany Strout (R-Harrington)
Irene A. Gifford (R-Lincoln)
Kenneth Ralph Davis, Jr. (R-East Machias)

Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business

Senator Glenn “Chip” Curry, Chair (D-Waldo)
Senator Joe Rafferty (D-York)
Senator Stacey Guerin (R-Penobscot)
H. Scott Landry, Jr., Chair (D-Farmington)
James F. Dill (D-Old Town)
Cheryl A. Golek (D-Harpswell)
Sally Jeane Cluchey (D-Bowdoinham)
Clinton E. Collamore, Sr. (D-Waldoboro)
Richard G. Mason (R-Lisbon)*
Stephen J. Wood (R-Greene)
Gary A. Drinkwater (R-Milford)
David Woodsome (R-Waterboro)
James E. Thorne (R-Carmel)


Labor and Housing

Senator Mike Tipping, Chair (D-Penobscot)
Senator Mattie Daughtry (D-Cumberland)
Senator Matthew Pouliot (R-Kennebec)
Amy J. Roeder, Chair (D-Bangor)
Traci Gere (D-Kennebunkport)
Valli D. Geiger (D-Rockland)
Ronald B. Russell (D-Verona Island)
Marc G. Malon II (D-Biddeford)
Charles A. Skold (D-Portland)
Richard T. Bradstreet (R-Vassalboro)*
Gary A. Drinkwater (R-Milford)
Joseph C. Galletta (R-Durham)
Michael Soboleski (R-Phillips)


State and Local Government

Senator Tim Nangle, Chair (D-Cumberland)
Senator Joe Baldacci (D-Penobscot)
Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin)
Holly B. Stover, Chair (D-Boothbay)
Sean C. Paulhus (D-Bath)
Lynn H. Copeland (D-Saco)
Deqa Dhalac (D-South Portland)
Mana Abdi (D-Lewiston)
Randall Adam Greenwood (R-Wales)*
Jeffrey Sean Adams (R-Lebanon)
Kimberly J. Pomerleau (R-Standish)
Joseph F. Underwood (R-Presque Isle)
Walter N. Riseman (I-Harrison)

Taxation

Senator Nicole Grohoski, Chair (D-Hancock)
Senator Ben Chipman (D-Cumberland)
Senator James Libby (R-Cumberland)
Joseph C. Perry, Sr., Chair (D-Bangor)
W. Edward Crockett (D-Portland)
Ann Higgins Matlack (D-St. George)
Tavis Rock Hasenfus (D-Readfield)
Ambureen Rana (D-Bangor)
Meldon H. Carmichael (R-Greenbush)*
Thomas A. Lavigne (R-Berwick)
Tracy L. Quint (R-Hodgdon)
Laurel D. Libby (R-Auburn)
Shelley Rudnicki (R-Fairfield)

Veterans and Legal Affairs

Senator Craig Hickman, Chair (D-Kennebec)
Senator Stacy Brenner (D-Cumberland)
Senator Jeff Timberlake (R-Androscoggin)
Laura D. Supica, Chair (D-Bangor)
Morgan J. Rielly (D-Westbrook)
Benjamin T. Collings (D-Portland)
Marc G. Malon II (D-Biddeford)
Karen L. Montell (D-Gardiner)
John Andrews (R-Paris)*
David W. Boyer, Jr. (R-Poland)
Benjamin C. Hymes (R-Waldo)
Shelley Rudnicki (R-Fairfield)
Walter N. Riseman (I-Harrison)

Joint Select Committee on Housing

Senator Teresa Pierce, Chair (D-Cumberland)
Senator Eloise Vitelli (D-Sagadahoc)
Senator Matt Pouliot (R-Kennebec)
Traci Gere, Chair (D-Kennebunkport)
Holly B. Stover (D-Boothbay)
Grayson B. Lookner (D-Portland)
Drew M. Gattine (D-Westbrook)
Ambureen Rana (D-Bangor)
Cheryl A. Golek (D-Harpswell)
Richard T. Bradstreet (R-Vassalboro)*
Joshua Morris (R-Turner)
Richard H. Campbell (R-Orrington)
Mark John Blier (R-Buxton)

*Ranking Republican House Member

Transportation

Senator Benjamin M. Chipman, Chair (D-Cumberland)
Senator Tim Nangle (D-Cumberland)
Senator Bradlee Farrin (R-Somerset)
Lynne A. Williams, Chair (D-Bar Harbor)
Kevin J. M. O’Connell (D-Brewer)
Bruce A. White (D-Waterville)
Lydia V. Crafts (D-Newcastle)
Daniel J. Ankeles (D-Brunswick)
Wayne R. Parry (R-Arundel)*
Roger Clarence Albert (R-Madawaska)
James Lee White (R-Guilford)
Austin L. Theriault (R-Fort Kent)
Richard G. Mason (R-Lisbon)

Government Oversight Committee

Senator Craig Hickman, Chair (D-Kennebec)
Senator Jill Duson (D-Cumberland)
Senator Mike Tipping (D-Penobscot)
Senator Lisa Keim (R-Oxford)
Senator Jeff Timberlake (R-Androscoggin)
Senator Richard Bennett (R-Oxford)
Jessica L. Fay, Chair (D-Raymond)
Margaret M. O’Neil (D-Saco) 
Anne-Marie Mastraccio (D-Sanford) 
H. Sawin Millett (R-Waterford)* 
Richard T. Bradstreet (R-Vassalboro) 
Mark John Blier (R-Buxton)

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