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McDowell named co-chair of NCSL’s Agriculture and Energy Committee

Will help shape organization’s energy agenda
Aug 25, 2008Press Release from NCEL Participant, Senator Harris McDowell, III.

WASHINGTON – Sen. Harris B. McDowell III, D-Wilmington North, was named co-chairman of the National Conference of State Legislature’s Agriculture and Energy Committee, NCSL President Joe Hackney – speaker of North Carolina’s House of Representatives – announced Thursday.

“Sen. McDowell brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the table,” Hackney said. “I am pleased that he has accepted the appointment and I look forward to his valuable contributions to state public policy over the next year.”

McDowell said he was honored to be named to the post and looks forward to serving.

“States have been the crucible for innovation and change in energy policy and an organization like NCSL provides a forum for sharing those innovations,” McDowell said. “It’s a real honor to be name co-chairman and to represent the interests of state legislatures in this debate.”

NCSL is a bipartisan organization, which provides state legislatures with research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to share ideas on pressing issues.

Senate Majority Leader Anthony DeLuca, said the General Assembly is pleased to see another lawmaker named to a key leadership post at NSCL. State Rep. Donna Stone, R-Dover South, just completed her yearlong term as the group’s president.

“We in the Senate want to congratulate Sen. McDowell on his appointment as the co-chairman of NCSL’s Agriculture and Energy Committee,” DeLuca said. “I’m sure his years of experience in the field will be helpful to the NCSL.”

McDowell’s co-chairman is Kansas Senate President Stephen Morris. Agriculture and Energy is one of NCSL’s 12 standing committees, which are responsible for developing polices to guide to organization’s efforts on Capitol Hill.

McDowell, a longtime chairman of the Senate’s Energy and Transportation Committee, is no stranger to energy issues. Earlier this year, he was named as the representative of all state legislatures to a federal-state task force studying energy efficiency. He also is a three-time chairman of the East Region Energy Committee for the Council of State Governments, an original board member of the National Coalition of Environmental Legislators and founding president of the National Legislative Clean Policy Committee.

McDowell said one of the themes he’ll be pushing is improved energy conservation and efficiency as well as renewable energy – major topics at the organization’s recent national convention in New Orleans.

“One of the points everyone agreed with at the convention is that energy efficiency is one of our biggest under-utilized energy sources,” he said. “We need to develop policies that encourage increased energy efficiency and continue to press ahead with development of other renewable sources of energy as well.”


NCEL NOTE: NCEL is not affiliated, in any way, with NCSL.

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