Sen. Chenette to chair the Government Oversight Committee for the 129th Maine Legislature
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 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,” said 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.”
Unlike other legislative committees, the Government Oversight Committee is a bipartisan committee, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans regardless of what the majorities are in the legislature.
Sen. Chenette also was appointed to serve on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Department of Environmental Protection and handles legislation pertaining to air and water quality, mining rules, hydropower and 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 by protecting what makes Maine a wonderful place to visit and to live,” said Sen. Chenette. “Our economy, personal health and quality of life are all dependent on how we treat our natural resources.”
Sen. Chenette is entering his second term in the Senate as its youngest member and previously served two terms in the House of Representatives. He brings experience as a member of the Senate Ethics Committee and was the ranking member of the Taxation Committee.
Sen. Chenette represents Maine Senate District 31, which includes the communities of Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Hollis, Limington and Buxton. The Legislature is set to reconvene Jan. 2.