Bipartisan group of lawmakers respond to DEP Commissioner regarding failed CMP Corridor taper condition and send letter to BEP about long delayed permit appeals

On July 10, a bipartisan group of legislators who visited Segment 1 of the CMP Corridor sent a letter and detailed report to DEP Commissioner Melanie Loyzim and members of the Board of Environmental Protection to bring attention to the ineffective taper requirement included in New England Clean Energy Connect’s (NECEC) DEP permit. While this condition was intended to protect … Continue reading Bipartisan group of lawmakers respond to DEP Commissioner regarding failed CMP Corridor taper condition and send letter to BEP about long delayed permit appeals

Senator Rick Bennett Has Questions for New Poland Spring Owner

Senator Rick Bennett today welcomed Blue Triton to Maine as the new owners of Nestle Waters, which includes Poland Spring. In the letter, he also asked for more background on the new company. On March 31, Nestlé Waters North America became Blue Triton Brands at the completion of its acquisition by two entities, One Rock … Continue reading Senator Rick Bennett Has Questions for New Poland Spring Owner

Maine Lawmaking Continues Through the Pandemic

by Senator Rick Bennett It was a busy two-day legislative session in mid-March. Two items were of particularly noteworthy in the Maine Senate.  First, I introduced a joint resolution to end the state of emergency.  In my floor speech, I pointed out that the emergency Governor Mills proclaimed a full year ago has been extended … Continue reading Maine Lawmaking Continues Through the Pandemic

Sen. Rick Bennett’s efforts to terminate the State of Emergency were featured in the Press Herald this week

Maine Senate rejects attempt to end COVID-19 state of emergency Republicans have been pushing since last spring to rein in Gov. Janet Mills' emergency powers during the pandemic, arguing lawmakers should have a seat at the table. https://www.pressherald.com/2021/03/11/maine-senate-rejects-attempt-to-end-covid-19-state-of-emergency

Sen. Rick Bennett’s efforts to better regulate short-term and payday loans were featured in the Press Herald this week

Maine senator calls for crackdown on ‘snake oil and fine print’ payday loans State Sen. Rick Bennett of Oxford calls for limits on how much lenders can charge for short-term loans to hard-pressed Mainers. https://www.pressherald.com/2021/03/12/maine-senator-calls-for-crackdown-on-snake-oil-and-fine-print-payday-loans/

Sen Rick Bennett’s Remarks on the Joint Resolution to End the State of Emergency

Fellow Members of the Senate: On March 15, 2020 – just 5 days shy of a full year ago – Governor Mills proclaimed a state of emergency.  Since then, she has extended the emergency 11 times.  This in turn has meant effectively surrendering many legislative powers to the executive branch.  This joint resolution, at long … Continue reading Sen Rick Bennett’s Remarks on the Joint Resolution to End the State of Emergency