Sen. Dion to serve on NCSL Law, Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee
Sen. Mark Dion, D-Portland, has been appointed to the National Conference on State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Law, Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee by the President of the Senate.
“I’m glad I’ll be able to share my experience as both a State Senator and a Sheriff with my legislative counterparts from around the country,” said Sen. Dion. “I am looking forward to telling them about the good things we’re doing in these fields here in Maine and I hope I can learn from them as well.”
NCSL is a national organization that serves the interests of state legislatures by providing states support, ideas, and connections for policy and effectiveness. According to its website, the Budgets and Revenue Committee examines federal and state policies with fiscal implications, including: funding for services and programs; budget processes; tax and revenue systems; legislative oversight; unfunded mandates; and state-local fiscal relations, and to promote the exchange of ideas and information. It is one of nine standing committees and is responsible for protecting the states’ interests in federal decisions regarding fiscal matters including annual action on the federal budget.
Committees meet two times each year and allow legislators and staff to benefit from the experiences of other states in shaping public policy, experimenting with new laws, and managing the legislative institutions. They develop policy directives and resolutions on state-federal issues to guide NCSL’s lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.