PORTLAND, Maine (1/24/11)--The Maine Credit Union League said the makeup of the state's key legislative committees that will hear and debate many issues of interest or impacting credit unions appear credit union friendly. "We are pleased to have so many credit union friends serving on our key committees," said league President John Murphy in the league's newsletter, Weekly Update
(Jan. 21). "We anticipate that the makeup of the committees we are most often in front of have many members that will be receptive to issues and concerns of credit unions and our members." The chairs of the Insurance and Financial Services (IFS) Committee--Senate Chair Rodney Wittemore and House Chair Wes Richardson--are strong supporters of credit unions, and a committee member, Rep. John Picchiotti, is chair of the board at KSW FCU, Waterville. Also six other members were endorsed by the league in the past election. Six members of the Judiciary Committee were endorsed by the league, including the chairs, Sen. David Hastings III and Rep. Joan Nass. The Transportation Committee contains nine members who received league endorsements, including both chairs, Sen. Ronald Collins and Rep. Richard Cebra. The league noted that in addition to Picchiotti, three other credit union board members are serving in the house. They are:
* Rep. Herb Clark, vice chair at Katahdin FCU, Millinocket, who is the ranking member of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee; * Rep. Michael Lajoie, vice chair at Lewiston Municipal FCU, Lewiston, who serves on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; and * Rep. Ken Fredette, board member at Sebasticook Valley FCU, Pittsfield, who serves on the Appropriations and Financial Services and Elections Committees.