HARTFORD- State Representative T.R Rowe, R-Trumbull, has been appointed by to serve as Chairman of the Legislature’s Regulations Review Committee for the its 2009-2010 sessions. Rep. Rowe was elected to his sixth term representing Trumbull in November.
Rep. Rowe was appointed by House Republican leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk.
“T.R Rowe is a dedicated, hardworking legislator who is a perfect fit to lead the Regulations Review Committee,” said Cafero. “His ability to both work well with members on both sides of the aisle and determine the Legislature’s intent of laws passed will definitely help its effectiveness.”
The committee is responsible for assuring that state agencies adopt regulations to implement state laws that are consistent with the legislature’s objective. Rep. Rowe is one of only two Republicans to chair a legislative committee in the General Assembly.
“Having served on the Regulations Review Committee for several years, I’ve come to appreciate the role it serves in ensuring state agencies adhere to the Legislature’s intent regarding to various state laws and regulations,” said Rep. Rowe. “I’ve always believed there should be less, rather than more, regulation but it’s crucial state government properly observe what we have put in place.”
Rep. Rowe will also serve on the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee and Select Committee on Housing. The Judiciary Committee has cognizance of all matters relating to courts, judicial procedures, criminal law, probate courts, probation, parole, estates, wills, adoption, divorce, bankruptcy, law libraries, deeds, mortgages, conveyancing, preservation of land records and other public documents, claims against the state and all matters relating to the Judicial Department, the Department of Correction and to the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
The Select Committee on Housing may conduct public hearings, may issue reports of its findings and may originate and report any bill it deems necessary concerning housing. Many of the bills involving affordable housing originate in this committee.
Finally, Rep. Rowe will serve on the Legislature’s Planning and Development Committee, which has cognizance over matters relating to local governments, housing, urban renewal, fire, sewer and metropolitan districts, home rule and planning and zoning; regional planning and development activities and the State Plan of Conservation and Development, and economic development programs impacting local governments.