State Representative Selim Noujaim (R-74) has been named as chairman of the Legislative Review Committee by House Republican Leader Larry Cafero.

   “As a member of the Regulations Review Committee for the past 2 years I am deeply honored to have been chosen as Chairman for the 2013-2015 legislative session,” Rep. Noujaim said. “This committee has the difficult, but immensely important task of making certain that proposed regulations fit within our current statutes without impeding or modifying them.  I am ready for the challenge and look forward to working hand-in-hand with the members of the committee and staff.”

   The Legislative Regulation Review Committee has the responsibility to review regulations proposed by state agencies and approve them before regulations are implemented.  Since all regulations have the force of the law, it is imperative that the regulations do not infringe upon the legislative intent or clash with current state and federal laws and constitutions.  The Legislative Regulation Review Committee is a bipartisan committee with a total of fourteen members, six senators and eight representatives equally by party.  To ensure equality and bipartisanship throughout, the chairmanship or co-chairs rotate every two years pairing either a Democratic Senator with a House Republican or vice versa.

   Rep. Noujaim also announced his legislative committee assignments for the upcoming two years.  Rep. Noujaim will serve on the Commerce Committee, Executive Nominations Committee and the Internship Committee.

   The Commerce Committee has cognizance of all matters relating to the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Connecticut Development Authority and Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated.

   The Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee oversees matters relating to the duties of a nominee for the position of a department head, all executive and legislative nominations requiring action of either or both chambers, except judicial nominations, nominations of workers’ compensation commissioners and nominations of members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
The Internship Committee oversees the General Assembly’s program which seeks to encourage a high level of personal interaction between legislators and interns, who serve as aides to their assigned legislators.  The program prepares interns to perform necessary support services desired by the legislators through bill analysis and tracking, spot and in-depth research, drafting of news releases and speeches, liaison work and constituent casework among other duties.

   “I have no doubt my fellow committee members will continue to offer their support and bring forth the best ideas to make this legislative session a successful one for the people of our great state,” Rep. Noujaim said.

   Noujaim was first elected in a special election in 2002 and won his re-election bid in November handily defeating his opponent. Noujaim represents the East End and East Mountain sections of Waterbury in the Connecticut General Assembly. Noujaim represents the 74th district covering Waterbury.