OLD ORCHARD BEACH – State Senator Justin Chenette has filed an emergency resolution demanding Congress exempt Maine from possible offshore oil drilling.
This comes after U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, announced plans to expand future oil and gas leasing to the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, as well as the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
“As the Senator representing coastal communities of Old Orchard Beach and Saco, I don’t want our pristine environmental and economic resource threatened because of incompetence and short-sightedness from the White House,” says Chenette. “Imagine the impact to our lobstering and fishing industry, tourism, not to mention the health of residents and animals alike if there was a major oil spill off Maine’s coast.”
The resolution would have the state legislature officially ask Congress to exempt Maine from the new plan.
Maine’s bipartisan congressional delegation opposes offshore drilling in Maine and have just recently come together to introduce legislation called the New England Coastal Protection Act. This would prohibit oil and gas extraction activities off New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Governor Paul LePage, however, supports the Trump administration’s plan to drill off Maine’s coast and help line the pockets of the oil executives.
Chenette’s emergency resolution would have to be pre-approved by the Legislative Council before being sent to the full House and Senate for a vote.
The City of Saco’s downtown development organization, Saco Main Street, has
selected a familiar name as their new president.
Justin Chenette, who represents the Saco area in the State Senate, has been voted by
their board of directors to serve in the top role for the next year.
“Downtown Saco is the place to be,” says Chenette. “I look forward to working with a
great group of people to put on wonderful community events, promote all Saco has to
offer, and support our small businesses to make this a vibrant place to live, work, and
AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, has submitted a bill aimed at addressing the lack of consistency when it comes to cursive writing education in schools across the state.
LR 2659, An Act to Include Cursive Writing in High School Graduation Standards, would do just that, ensure that by the time a student graduates from high school, the students would have to prove some familiarity with cursive writing.
“Technology is a great asset for education, but nothing replaces the need to know how to sign your name on checks and important documents,” said Sen. Chenette.” “I’m concerned that we will have an entire generation who can work an iPad, but will not be able to do something as simple as physically writing something down.”
AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, has received a 100 percent rating on the Maine AFL-CIO’s legislative scorecard for the first session of the 128th Legislature.
“Fighting for working families is the cornerstone of my legislative service,” said Sen. Chenette. “Whether it’s protecting the voter-approved minimum wage referendum, or rejecting harmful ‘right to work for less’ laws, I will always put Maine workers first.”
AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, said that he would appeal the Legislative Council’s decision Thursday not to allow in two bills designed to strengthen state ethics laws and restore the public trust in its elected officials.
“As long as elected officials are allowed to use the political system as their own personal piggy bank, Mainers will continue to be suspicious of our motives. As long as lawmakers and lobbyists are seen as one and the same, a dark cloud of misgiving will hang over the Legislature, with the public wondering whose benefit is truly being served,” said Sen. Chenette.
AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, has introduced a constitutional amendment to protect any voter-approved referendum results from repeal or alterations for at least one year following their passage.
Chenette’s bill submission comes on the heels of a contentious legislative session that saw nearly every referendum approved by voters in the 2016 election altered or repealed.
“It’s appalling to me that a small group of politicians can overturn the will of the voters,” said Sen. Chenette. “We must protect the legitimacy of fair and free election results, otherwise what’s the point of voting?”
As the ranking member of the Taxation Committee, Chenette was a leading voice to fully implement Question 2’s progressive tax policy in order to fully fund public education. He also supported legislative efforts to implement the increase in the minimum wage, ranked choice voting, and marijuana initiatives approved at the ballot box.
“The Legislature should allow enough time for voter-approved referendums to become law and collect data to determine their effectiveness before rushing to change them or eliminate them entirely,” Chenette said.
All bill submissions for the second regular session of the Legislature will go before Legislative Council for approval on October 26. The council consists of House and Senate leadership from both parties.
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AUGUSTA — In an effort to bring the workings of the State House to constituents as the Legislature preps for 2018’s legislative session, Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, will be holding “Fall Town Halls” in communities throughout his district in early November.
"Being available and accountable to my constituents is something I take very seriously," said Sen. Chenette. "Maine people deserve to have direct and frequent access to their elected officials."
Sen. Chenette’s first town hall will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the University College, 4 Scamman Street #18, Saco. Residents can come and speak with Sen. Chenette about state issues, questions, or anything on their mind.
RSVPs are not necessary, and all are welcome. Individuals that cannot attend the Town Halls can call Sen. Chenette's office at 207-287-1515, email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message him at facebook.com/justinchenette.
SACO TOWN HALL
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1
WHERE: University College, 4 Scamman Street #18, Saco (next to Shaws)
OLD ORCHARD BEACH TOWN HALL
WHEN: 10:30 to noon Saturday, Nov. 4
WHERE: Libby Memorial Library on 27 Staples Street in Old Orchard Beach
HOLLIS/BUXTON TOWN HALL
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9th
WHERE: Salmon Falls Library on 18 Hollis Road in Hollis
LIMINGTON TOWN HALL
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Nov. 17th
WHERE: Old Town Hall on 297 Sokokis Avenue in Limington
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