Rep. Beth Turner Appointed to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee

 AUGUSTA- State Representative Beth Turner (R-Burlington) has been named to serve on the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, giving her an influential voice in a range of areas, from veterans’ programs to campaign practices and financing. Rep. Turner will continue to serve on the Transportation Committee, on which she has served since the beginning of the 126th Maine State Legislature in January 2013.

 The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee has jurisdiction over liquor laws, lottery, games of chance, harness racing, and off-track betting. It also oversees election laws; campaign practices; campaign financing and the Maine Clean Election Act; voter registration; and initiatives and referenda.  

 Additionally, it exercises oversight of veterans' programs; Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Services; Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations; and the Maine National Guard.

 “Veterans issues are a priority of mine, and I am excited to begin work on a committee that deals with policy affecting veterans,” said Rep. Turner of her appointment. “Mainers who have served our country deserve the best possible treatment from our state.”

 The Maine Legislature has 16 bipartisan policy committees, which handle bills and issues that fall within their areas of jurisdiction. Each committee has 13 members – three senators and 10 representatives.