Welsh to head Environment and Natural Resources Committee
Augusta — Rep. Joan Welsh, D-Rockport, has been appointed to chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee for the upcoming legislative session.
The committee oversees state policy relating to air and water quality, natural resource protection, development laws, shoreland zoning, sustainable growth, the management and disposal of hazardous wastes, hydropower and dams, mining, the Department of Environmental Protection, and returnable containers.
“I’ve been serving on the committee for the last four years and have 30 years of work and recreational experience in this field,” said Welsh in a news release. “I’m thrilled to be using all of that for the good of Maine’s environment.”
Welsh is a third-term legislator representing the towns of Camden and Rockport.
“It’s good for Maine’s economy to preserve our environment. Our natural resources are vital to growing Maine jobs and maintaining Maine’s premier brand. I look forward to working across the aisle to both preserve our resources and strengthen our economy,” said Welsh.
Welsh was selected to be the chairman of the committee by the Speaker of the House Mark Eves. The legislature has 16 joint standing committees, which will begin work in early January. A list of committee members can be found at maine.gov/legis/house/jtcomlst.htm.