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Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Maine State Legislature

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The Environment and Natural Resources Committee is a joint standing committee of the Maine State Legislature.

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Per the Joint Rules, committees of the Maine State Legislature are assigned by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House. The President appoints a committee's senate members, with the Speaker appointing the house members.[1][2] Committees are assigned at the start of each term.[3] Each committee is composed of ten representatives and three senators.[4] Seven members constitute a quorum, though a committee may not vote without at least one senator present unless it receives authorization from the President.[5] Neither chamber's leader is recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

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The jurisdiction of this committee includes the following: "Air and water quality; natural resource protection; site location of development laws, shoreland zoning, subdivisions and growth management; management and disposal of solid, hazardous, biomedical and special wastes; hydropower and dams; waste-to-energy facilities; mining; general environmental policy, including oversight of the Department of Environmental Protection; and returnable containers."[6]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Environment and Natural Resources Members, 2015
Democratic members (6)Republican members (6)Third-party members (1)
Joan Welsh, ChairThomas Saviello, ChairBenjamin Chipman
Catherine BreenEric Brakey
Denise HarlowRichard Campbell
Robert DuchesneAndrew Buckland
John MartinJeffery Hanley
Ralph TuckerDustin White


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Environment and Natural Resources Members, 2013
Democratic members (7)Republican members (5)Third-party members (1)
James Boyle, ChairThomas SavielloBenjamin Chipman
Joan Welsh, ChairBernard Ayotte
Geoffrey GratwickRicky Long
Denise HarlowRichard Campbell
Janice CooperRoger Reed
Gay Grant
Paul McGowan


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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