Sen. Deschambault appointed chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

Posted: December 14, 2020 | Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Senator Deschambault, Veterans and Legal Affairs

AUGUSTA — Sen. Susan Deschambault, D-Biddeford, has been appointed to serve as Senate chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety for the 130th Maine Legislature. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is responsible for bills related to first responders, fire and police departments, Maine Criminal Code, correctional centers, domestic violence, firearms and more. 

“As Chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee for a second term,” said Sen. Deschambault, “I am confident my colleagues and I will work together to produce effective policy ideas, including making sure our first responders receive the support they need and that all Mainers receive equitable treatment within the criminal justice system.” 

Sen. Deschambault also will serve on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, which is responsible for bills related to campaign finance and lobbying, gambling and betting, adult-use marijuana regulation, alcoholic beverages, veterans’ programs, and the Maine National Guard, among other issues. 

Lawmakers are assigned to committees by the presiding officers based on their interests, experience and professional background. Joint standing committees are composed of three senators and ten representatives. The Legislature will reconvene in the new year. 

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