End Citizens United Action Fund today endorsed Maine State Senator Justin Chenette’s (D-Saco) bill that would ban lobbyist contributions to the Governor or members of the Maine State Legislature if the lobbyist doesn’t live in the legislator’s district. The bill was approved by the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee and faces a vote in the Senate in the coming weeks.
“Mainers’ faith in state and local government is eroding because of the undue influence and access that lobbyists have over Augusta,” said Tiffany Muller, president of End Citizens United Action Fund. “This bill would end the pay-to-play system, so that government works for Maine families -- not just the special interests with the biggest checks. We’re proud to endorse Senator Chenette’s bill and we'll fight to have it signed into law.”
End Citizens United Action Fund, an arm of the grassroots campaign finance reform group, is dedicated to harnessing the power of its four million members to pass reforms at the federal and state levels. As part of its work, ECU Action Fund will encourage ECU members to call their elected officials, host petition drives, conduct letter to the editor campaigns, as well as join coalitions of other grassroots advocacy groups.
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AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette has proposed a $1,500 tax credit to incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles within the state of Maine.
LD 604, An Act to Create an Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, will be heard before the Taxation Committee on Wednesday.
“With instability at the federal level, states must step up to find ways to reduce emissions, stimulate the green economy, and lower our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Sen. Chenette. “This electric vehicle tax credit would go a long way to reducing costs for consumers to make the shift.”
AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, has appointed Sen. Chenette, D-Saco, to serve on the Citizen Trade Policy Commission.
The Citizen Trade Policy Commission (CTPC) is a government agency that was established to study the legal and economic impacts of trade agreements on existing laws, working conditions and businesses in Maine. The CTPC holds meetings throughout the state to provide a forum for citizens and business owners to voice their concerns and to protect Maine’s jobs from the negative impact of trade agreements.
“In this role, I hope to continue efforts to provide a platform for citizen engagement and business feedback over the detrimental activities of the Trump Administration’s escalating trade wars,” said Sen. Chenette. “Hearing from people first hand will give us some insight on how to push back and protect Maine’s economic interests.”
This group of commissioners is composed of members of the public, small business representatives, legislators, small farmers and nonprofit organizations.
AUGUSTA – State Sen. Justin Chenette, D –Saco, and State Rep. Kent Ackley, I-Monmouth have started the Democracy Reform Caucus.
The caucus will be a platform for fellow lawmakers to discuss, debate, and collaborate on a range of topics related to strengthening our Democratic institutions. Speakers will also be brought in to elevate the awareness and the need for solutions.
AUGUSTA – State Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, has introduced a package of bills to reduce the influence of lobbyists and help get money out of politics.
Chenette, who chairs the Government Oversight Committee and serves on the Senate Ethics Committee, unveiled the legislation to be brought before the Veterans & Legal Affairs Committee in the coming weeks.
“There is a revolving door of legislators becoming lobbyists which blurs the lines of who is fighting for the best interest of Maine people,” said Sen. Chenette. “No legislator should be taking money from the very corporations, industries, and special interests we regulate. These bills aim to make government more transparent and accountable.”
AUGUSTA – Sen. Justin Chenette has introduced a measure to protect Maine’s coastal environment from offshore oil and gas production infrastructure.
States can’t prevent the federal government from opening up drilling in federal waters, but states can prevent the infrastructure necessary to transport oil and gas production through state waters. The bill would also ban any land-based support structures aiding in the offshore oil drilling process.
“An Act to Protect Maine's Coastal Environment from Offshore Oil and Gas Production Infrastructure” is working its way through the drafting phase and will soon be ready to be sent to committee for a public hearing. If other legislators introduced similar measures, the bills will be combined into one joint effort.
“It is clear we can’t trust the federal government when it comes to protecting our most precious resources along Maine’s coast,” said Sen. Chenette, who is a member of the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee. “It would take only one oil spill to send our tourism and marine-based economy into a tailspin.”
New Jersey became the first state to ban offshore drilling within state waters last year, followed shortly by actions in Delaware, Maryland, California and Florida. This legislation is modeled after efforts in those states.
Sen. Chenette is serving his second term in the Maine Senate, representing the communities of Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington and Buxton.
Augusta – Aside from Chairing the Government Oversight Committee, Senator Chenette was also appointed by the Senate President to serve on the Environment & Natural Resources Committee.
Like the name suggests, this committee oversees the Department of Environmental Protection and handles legislation pertaining to air and water quality, mining rules, hydropower and sets overall environmental policy for the state.
“Having consistently earned high marks from environmental groups for my voting record, I look forward to the opportunity to set a new, positive direction to protecting what makes Maine a wonderful place to visit and to live,” says Senator Chenette. “Our economy, personal health, and quality of life are all dependent on how we treat our natural resources.”
AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette (D-Saco) has been appointed by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, as Chair of the Legislature’s bipartisan Government Oversight Committee for the 129th Maine Legislature.
The Government Oversight Committee directs the nonpartisan legislative Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) to perform independent performance reviews of state government operations. This could include investigating agencies and departments, conducting hearings with officials, and reviewing reports.
“My entire legislative service has centered on making government more accountable and transparent to the public,” says Sen. Chenette. “This appointment means I can help lead the effort to ensure government is operating at a high level of efficiency and effectiveness, protecting taxpayer’s best interests, while expecting core ethical standards to be met.”
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.
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