Maine House GOP

Monthly Archives: February 2015

More than 40 lawmakers sign on to bill criminalizing “revenge porn” February 26, 2015 Augusta – This morning, House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport was joined by fellow lawmakers to announce a bipartisan effort to fight back against the disturbing trend known as “non-consensual porn” or “revenge porn.” With the introduction of LR 326: “An Act To Prohibit The Unauthorized Distribution of Certain Private Images, Maine joins the growing list of… Read More

Bold. Transformational. Controversial. Fill in the blank with your own adjective to describe Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal to fund the operations of state government for the next two-year budget cycle that begins on July 1. Over the next four and a half months, Maine people will have the opportunity to participate in the debate, discussion, and public hearings that will take place before we vote on the biennial budget. Gov. LePage… Read More

February 17, 2015 Augusta – Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation dealt a crippling blow to LD 47, a bill that would have permanently scrapped a potential route to connect I-395 in Brewer to Route 9 and the Eddington-Clifton area. The “Ought Not to Pass” vote was nearly unanimous, 8-1, with the bill’s Democrat sponsor representing the lone vote in favor of permanently killing the proposed connector. Approximately $2.8 million… Read More

Augusta – In a true show of bipartisanship, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee voted unanimously on a plan that will provide $2,488,000 in funding to Maine’s county jails. The disbursement of the funds and temporary financial oversight over the county jails will be handled by Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick, who was confirmed to that position earlier this week. The money comes just in the nick of time for the… Read More

Augusta – The Appropriations Committee is today holding a public hearing on a measure to fund Maine’s jails. A stopgap measure, the legislation provides $2.1 million in funding for the state’s jails through the end of this fiscal year. Senator James Hamper (R-Oxford), Chair of the Appropriations Committee, and Representative Tom Winsor (R-Norway), Republican House Lead of the Committee, arrived at the idea about a new funding mechanism last week. “I am… Read More

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Republicans Trying To Thwart Democrat’s Anti-Jobs Agenda Augusta – House Republicans are once again being forced to drag our Democratic colleagues across the finish line on a simple bill that, if passed, would send the message to businesses that they are welcome and they’ll be appreciated here in Maine. This afternoon, the Appropriations Committee will consider LD 138, typically a rubber-stamp housecleaning bill to bring Maine’s tax code… Read More