AUGUSTA – State Representative Thomas H. Skolfield (R-Weld) has been reappointed to the 130th Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committees on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. He will serve as its’ Ranking Member. The committee is among the most sought after legislative assignments, because it helps shape policy for Maine’s natural resource economy.
“Maine’s natural resource economy encompasses every part of Maine, and has an economic impact of well over $10 billion,” said Rep. Skolfield. “We must support the individuals, families and businesses that work hard every day to make Maine better. This is particularly important as we defeat the pandemic and safely move our economy forward.”
The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee sets policies on issues related to food and rural resources, agricultural fairs, products and marketing; animal control and welfare; food safety, inspection and labeling; dairy industry; pesticide regulation; nutrient management; farmland preservation; state parks, historic sites, public lands, submerged lands and the coastal islands registry; the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission; geological surveying and mapping; forest management, marketing, utilizations, health and fire control; the Land for Maine’s Future Program; and Baxter State Park.
Rep. Skolfield, a retired manager for a state agency, represents District 112: Anson, Avon, Carrabassett Valley, Carthage, Kingfield, New Portland, Perkins Township, Phillips, Sandy River, Starks, Weld, Salem Township, Washington Township, East Central Franklin, Freeman Township, and Madrid Township. Rep. Skolfield will also serve on the House Standing Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.