Sen. Diamond appointed to Criminal Justice, Government Oversight committees
AUGUSTA — Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, has been appointed by the Senate President to the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. The appointment makes him the Senate Democrats’ leading voice on issues regarding law enforcement and public order.
Sen. Diamond was also re-appointed to the bipartisan Government Oversight Committee, which directs the Legislature’s Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, or OPEGA, and ensures the integrity and efficiency of government programs and state officials.
“The law enforcement community protects and serves Mainers by keeping them safe, maintaining the peace and administering the correctional facilities, including the prison in my hometown of Windham,” said Sen. Diamond. “The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee undertakes tremendous work in setting the law enforcement policy agenda for our state. I’m eager to serve my constituents in this capacity.”
“I’m also honored to serve once again on the Government Oversight Committee,” Sen. Diamond said. “I’ll continue to safeguard the integrity of our state programs and institutions, and to keep a diligent eye out for inappropriate, inefficient use of taxpayer resources.”
The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has jurisdiction over law enforcement, the Maine Department of Public Safety and the Department of Corrections. It also oversees Maine’s criminal, juvenile and bail codes; criminal law and procedure; sentencing; the Criminal Law Advisory Commission; Criminal Justice Academy; victim’s rights; probation and parole; county jails; fire safety and arson; firearms; private investigators and security guards; and the Maine Emergency Management Agency.
The Government Oversight Committee oversees the OPEGA, which conducts objective, independent performance audits of state government programs and activities to ensure they are achieving intended results and are efficient, effective and economical. GOC and OPEGA also have jurisdiction over non-state entities that receive state funds or are established to perform government functions, such as the Turnpike Authority of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority.