AUGUSTA (AP) – Several legislative panels convene this week to consider gubernatorial nominations in advance of a Senate confirmation session, called primarily to fill a state ethics commission vacancy, slated for Monday.

On Wednesday, the Business, Research and Economic Development Committee is scheduled to review two proposed appointments to the Loring Development Authority, Maynard St. Peter of Brewer and James Donnelly of Brewer, as well as the nomination of Janice Bisaillon-Cary of Cape Elizabeth for the post of director of the International Trade Center.

It is the Education Committee’s turn on Thursday, when the panel takes up the nominations of Frances Frost of Portland and George Entwistle of Cape Elizabeth for appointment to the School Board of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf.

The Education Committee is also scheduled to review the proposed appointment of Elizabeth Warren of Bangor to the board of trustees of the Maine Maritime Academy.

On Friday, the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee convenes to review two nominations to the State Harness Racing Commission – Michael Peters of Dixfield and Stanley Kuklinski of Farmington.

Additionally, the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee is scheduled to meet Friday to review the nominations of Raymond Poulin of Ripley, Michael Witte of New Harbor and Steven Philbrick of Oquossoc to the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council .

Also up for consideration is Michael Wiers of St. Albans, a proposed appointee to the Maine Milk Commission.

On Aug. 29, Michael Friedman of Bangor was recommended for confirmation to a position on the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices by unanimous vote of the Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee.

If confirmed, Friedman will fill a vacancy that has existed for more than a year and become the only independent on a panel that now includes two Democrats and two Republicans.

A two-thirds Senate majority is required to overturn a committee recommendation.


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