Pease appointed to two legislative committees
Augusta — State representative Jethro Pease, of Morrill, has been appointed to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government.
Pease is serving his first term in the Legislature, representing House District 44, which includes the Midcoast communities of Appleton, Hope, Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Morrill, and Searsmont.
"I'm very happy to be serving on both of these committees," Pease said in a news release.
Pease added that his experience in both of the relevant fields will allow him to hit the ground running. On the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, his service as chief of the Morrill Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years, former director of the Maine Fire Chiefs' Association, and a former member of the Maine Fire Commission will add much to committee deliberations. In addition, as a former county commissioner, he has extensive knowledge of jail and law enforcement issues.
"One of my biggest concerns going into the Criminal Justice Committee will be the cost of state mandates that we have to deal with on the local level," said Pease. "On the county commission and at the fire department, I saw it time and again: the state would tell us we have to buy this or pay for that, even though we may not need it, and all those mandates add up."
Pease identified similar opportunities to help Knox and Waldo counties on the Legislature's State and Local Government Committee.
"Many of the bills that pass through state and local have a major effect on our local taxes and programs," said Pease. "It's extremely important that I hear from local officials and local people when considering these bills."
House Republican leadership made committee appointments recently based on each member's committee requests, experience, past service, and geographic considerations.
The Legislature will reconvene on Jan. 8.