Submitted by Norm Needleman.
(Dec. 31, 2018) — State Senator Elect Norm Needleman (D-Essex) today announced that he has been appointed Senate Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, and Senate Vice Chair of the Banking Committee.
“The towns in our district have gained a leadership presence in policy development for finance, technology, and energy infrastructure,” said Needleman. “My experience in government and business financial management, and my years of working with major utilities and energy providers directly applies to the work of both committees. I look forward to bringing common sense ideas to these important issues.”
The Energy and Technology Committee formulates policies relating to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, energy-related planning, and technology issues. The committee works closely with energy and technology services and utilities, which include electric utilities and cable TV service.
The Banking Committee develops policies relating to consumer credit and lending, business finance, the Department of Banking, all banks, credit unions, securities sales, fraternal benefit societies and secured and unsecured lending.
Needleman expects additional committee assignments to be announced in the near future. He officially begins his State Senate term on January 9 of the coming year.