Sen. Lawrence to chair Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee for the 129th Maine Legislature
AUGUSTA — Sen. Mark W. Lawrence, D-York, has been appointed by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to chair the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology for the 129th Legislative session. The Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee is responsible for policy related to the transmission and circulation of natural energy resources, utilities (such as telecommunications, gas and water) and technological issues.
“I am eager to start working on some pressing matters that this committee covers,” said Sen. Lawrence. “Energy policy should not be taken lightly in a state like Maine that has a wealth of natural resources and both rural and urban communities that have different needs when it comes to energy policy.”
Sen. Lawrence also will serve on the Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee, which covers workers’ rights, labor relations, the Maine State Housing Authority, affordable housing, and homelessness.
Sen. Lawrence is serving his fifth nonconsecutive term in the Maine Senate, representing District 35, which includes the towns of Eliot, Kittery, Ogunquit, South Berwick, York and part of Berwick.
Lawmakers are assigned to committees by the presiding officers based on their interests, experience and professional background. Joint standing committees are composed of three senators and ten representatives. The Legislature is set to reconvene Jan. 2.