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.”