AUGUSTA—Senator Justin Chenette, D-Saco, was sworn into the Maine Senate at the State House in Augusta today as it’s youngest member at age 27. He also has the distinction of being the only openly gay member of the Senate.
Sen. Chenette was re-elected to his second term in the State Senate in November. He previously served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives.
“Public service is about a commitment to the people and trying to make a brighter future of our state and our community,” said Sen. Chenette. “This is an opportunity to make government more ethical, utility companies more accountable, and tackle some of the most important issues facing Mainers from student loan debt to affordable healthcare.”
AUGUSTA — Sens. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, and Susan Deschambault, D-Biddeford, made the “2017-18 Honor Roll” from the Maine Conservation Voters for their consistent support for the state’s environment, as well as policies that protect public health from toxic chemicals and advance the development and adoption of clean, renewable energy.
Maine Conservation Voters scored nine key environmental votes during this year’s legislative session. Sens. Chenette and Deschambault both received a 100 percent score for their votes.
“Whether it is protecting Maine’s coast from the hazards of offshore drilling or advocating for solar energy, I will always be a strong voice for our environment,” said Sen. Chenette. “I’m proud of my record and look forward to making sure Maine continues to be known for its clean air, clean water and beautiful natural landscape.”
During the 128th Legislature, Sen. Chenette also introduced a resolution to direct the federal government to fix the erosion issues caused by the jetty at Camp Ellis in Saco.
AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, will be holding town hall forums in every corner of State Senate District 31 to provide an opportunity for constituents to ask questions and make their voices heard. Sen. Chenette will recap this past legislative session and provide the latest updates from the State House.
"I work for you," said Sen. Chenette. "You deserve to have direct access to your elected officials to ensure governmental transparency. My hope is that these forums will continue my tradition of being accessible and accountable to you."
Starting Tuesday, September 4th in Hollis through Saturday, September 8th in Old Orchard Beach, Sen. Chenette will be in a different community each day. Those who can't make their own community forum are encouraged to attend one of the other forums at their convenience.
RSVPs are not necessary and all are welcome. Individuals who cannot attend the town halls can call Sen. Chenette's office at 207-287-1515 or email him directly at email@example.com.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 4 from 6:30 - 8pm
WHERE: Hollis Elementary School on 554 River Rd in Hollis
WHEN: Wednesday, September 5 from 5:30 - 7pm
WHERE: Salmon Falls Library on 18 Hollis Road in Hollis
WHEN: Thursday, September 6 from 6:30 - 8pm
WHERE: University College on 4 Scamman Street #18 in Saco (next to Shaws)
WHEN: Friday, September 7 from 6 - 8pm
WHERE: Old Town Hall on 297 Sokokis Avenue in Limington
(Also a pot luck, feel free to bring a dish)
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
WHEN: Saturday, September 8 from 10:30am - Noon
WHERE: Libby Memorial Library on 27 Staples Street in Old Orchard Beach
Veterans will now be eligible to receive a free lifetime pass to the State Museum because of passage of L.D. 1656 - An Act To Allow Veterans Free Admission to the Maine State Museum.
The Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services has updated information on their website to reflect the change.
If a Maine veteran would like to apply for their free park pass, they may do so by completing the application on the state website.
AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco earned a 100 percent rating from the Maine Education Association for his voting records on education issues during the second regular session of the 128th Legislature.
The Maine Education Association is an organization representing 24,000 Maine teachers and is dedicated to supporting policies and laws to improve public education.
“Maine’s teachers deserve to have legislators they can count on to support them in Augusta,” said Sen. Chenette. “I am proud of my record supporting teachers and students and will continue to push for the state to fully fund their share of public education, just as voters demanded at the ballot box in 2016.”
The Thornton Academy Boys Lacrosse team have been honored by the legislature recognizing their undefeated season, first regional title, and recent first state championship win.
Senator Justin Chenette presented the sentiment, which was passed by the Maine House & Senate, at one of their last team meetings of the season Monday. Aside from their winning streak, the entire team conducted over 700 hours of community service since March.
"They have made not only TA proud, but our entire community proud," says Senator Chenette.
Government is at its best when it is responsive to the people not special interests and lobbyists. However, the continued influx of dark money into politics from shady corporations and a handful of wealthy – often anonymous donors – is elevating the role of outside influence and shutting out the voice of hardworking people. It’s not right, and it’s why I have consistently fought for a more transparent, accountable, and ethical political system.
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AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, joins a bipartisan group of state lawmakers speaking out against the 25 percent Chinese tariff on U.S. lobster exports. In a letter to Maine’s Congressional Delegation, 112 state lawmakers warn of devastating economic consequences to Maine’s coastal communities and lobstermen if the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China continues.
“The lobster industry is a core part of our communities and economies along the coast. The Trump Administration’s approach to trade policy, driven by impulse and ego, is harming Maine workers and families,” said Sen. Chenette. “I am hopeful that if enough of us speak out and raise enough noise we can convince Congress to reverse the Trump Administration's recent positions and prevent a decimation of Maine’s lobster industry.”
On Friday, Chinese officials announced plans to tax imports of American lobster as retaliation in an escalating trade dispute between the two countries. The tariffs are scheduled to begin July 6.
Maine’s lobster industry generates some 4,000 jobs and contributes an estimated $1 billion to the state’s economy, according to a 2016 economic impact study. That’s in addition to the income earned by lobstermen when they sell their catch, which totals another nearly half a billion dollars each year. The state is responsible for the majority of all U.S. lobster exports.
The full text of the letter is available here. It was sent to U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Congressman Bruce Poliquin.
The bipartisan agreement includes property tax relief, supports Maine-based businesses and helps working Mainers and families
AUGUSTA -- The Maine Senate unanimously passed compromise legislation to amend Maine’s tax code to reflect some changes made at the federal level and better support Maine-based businesses and families in an initial vote on Tuesday. Key components of the compromise tax deal include property tax relief, incentives for paid family medical leave and child and dependent care tax credit.
Below is what DOT sent me regarding the upcoming meeting and where we are at:
Saco is seeking possible solutions to traffic congestion around the Route 112 corridor. Last month, the City launched a study designed to explore and evaluate potential solutions to the morning and evening congestion occurring on Route 112 and surrounding roads.
Previous analysis produced a range of short and long-term potential solutions, which included improving intersections and traffic signals, restricting turn movements, widening Turnpike ramps, or constructing a new road between the Turnpike and Route 112, among other ideas.
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