2018-04-11 / Op-Ed

Legislative Update

By Senator Tom Saviello District 17

Watch final Senate sessions live

The Maine Senate is expected to be is session every weekday as we finish up our work for the Second Session of the 128th Legislature. You can watch the proceedings live at http://legislature. maine.gov/Audio/#senate_ chamber. With the Legislature scheduled to adjourn later this month, important work remains on issues such as whether to conform Maine’s tax code to the recent federal changes, funding for the Downeast Correctional Facility, ranked choice voting, school safety and others.

Spring flood threat higher than average

Maine’s River Flow Advisory Commission met recently to analyze ongoing ice conditions, snowpack, streamflow, groundwater levels, and flood risk across the state. With a late spring expected this year, the highest potential for flooding will be in mid to late April, according to the Maine Office of the U.S. Geological Survey, and there is an “above normal” potential for flooding this season. Rivers in central and southern Maine have little ice remaining due to recent warmer temperatures, but northern Maine rivers still have as much as 40 inches of ice as well as snow. For more information on this and safety guidelines for flooding, please visit https://tinyurl.com/yc4dmk4o.

White House Internship Program

The Fall 2018 White House Internship Program application process is now open. The program term runs from Sept. 5 to Dec. 7, 2018. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the internship program start date, and must be able to commit to the full internship term to be eligible. The White House Internship Program is highly competitive. For information on how to apply, please visit www.whitehouse.gov/get-involved/internships.

If you have any questions, please call me at 645-3420 or email me at drtom16@hotmail.com. Thank you for the pleasure of serving you as your District 17 Senator representing all Franklin County communities, as well as the Kennebec County communities of Belgrade, Fayette, Mount Vernon and Vienna.

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