BOSTON- Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) was named the Vice-Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Public Safety.

“I am honored to be appointed the Vice-Chair of the NCSL’s Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Public Safety,” stated Senator Moore, who serves as the Massachusetts Senate Vice-Chair on the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “This appointment will provide me the opportunity to continue to advocate and promote important public safety issues to ensure the safety of residents in the Commonwealth.”

The Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Public Safety is tasked with addressing underlying principles for a balanced state-federal system. The committee’s jurisdiction includes federalism and preemption issues, constitutional laws, civil rights and liability issues and criminal justice.

The NCSL Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Public Safety represents state legislatures’ interests to the federal government through various actions such as submitting testimonies for committee hearings, writing letters on pending federal legislation with positive or adverse state impact, commenting on proposed federal agency actions and filing amicus briefs with the United States Supreme Court.

Since 1975, the NCSL has been the champion of state legislatures. The NCSL has helped states remain strong and independent by providing them information and resources necessary to craft the best solutions to difficult problems. The organization also conducts workshops to sharpen the skills of lawmakers and legislative staff in every state.