Rep. Kathy Javner is pleased to announce that she has started her first term assigned to two Legislative Committees: Health and Human Services, as well as Marine Resources.
Reached for comment this week, Representative Javner was looking forward to advocating for improving health services for Maine citizens, especially in rural areas of the state. “One of the responsibilities I take very seriously as a State Representative is advocating for my constituents, especially when it comes to some of our most vulnerable Mainers. I’m pleased to have a seat at the table for reviewing the most important health related bills that will come before the Legislature in the next two years.”
The HHS Committee will be responsible with reviewing all new bills relating to the Department of Health and Human Services; MaineCare/Medicaid; children’s welfare and mental health services; child care; maternal and infant health; public health; lead and water testing; immunization; tobacco and e-cigarette sale and use; medical use of marijuana; eating, lodging and campground licensing and inspection; opioid medications and limits; state health system planning; health care facilities; health care workforce; telemedicine; oral health and dental care; substance use disorder; mental health; developmental disability; aging; elderly and disability issues; home and community-based longterm care; nursing facilities and residential care; palliative and end- of-life care; and public assistance.
The Marine Resources Committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Marine Resources; Marine Patrol; commercial and recreational marine fisheries management, licensing and enforcement; marine science and research; shellfish sanitation and management; and aquaculture.
Rep. Javner began committee work in January, and plans to provide regular communication to her constituents on bills she will cosponsor this session.