Maine House GOP

Monthly Archives: April 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015 Augusta – After an emotional public hearing that saw family members of the victims of unsolved homicides in Maine testify, the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary voted unanimously Ought to Pass on LD 1121 “An Act To Fund the Cold Case Homicide Unit in the Department of the Attorney General”. It will next head to the Senate for a vote. The bill was a tribute to the spirit… Read More

Rep. Joel Stetkis penned this Op-Ed that was printed in the Bangor Daily News: Over the last month, in the Maine legislature, we’re once again debating the idea of imposing new government wage mandates. Despite the fact that over the last two decades the minimum wage has been increased on average every two years I still can’t find anyone who has been pulled out of poverty due to the Maine Legislature imposing… Read More

Monday, April 27, 2015 Augusta – At a public hearing in front of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held this afternoon, a bill sponsored by House Republican Leader, Rep. Ken Fredette of Newport, was introduced that would provide funding to continue a program that helps keep victims of domestic violence safe from their attackers. The program allows judges to order certain domestic violent offenders to where electronic monitoring bracelets while… Read More

Plan would ease the tax burden by providing more revenue for municipalities Tuesday, April 27, 2015 Rep. Wayne Parry (R) of Arundel will introduce a bill today to help provide income tax relief for Mainers through expanded gaming opportunities. LD 1280 An Act To Provide Income Tax Relief by Expanding Gaming Opportunities would establish a commission to begin soliciting bids for a new casino in either Cumberland or York County. “The decision… Read More

Tuesday, April 27, 2015 Augusta – Rep. Karen Vachon of Scarborough is introducing legislation she hopes will help to preserve Maine’s rich harness racing tradition. LD 1213 An Act To Ensure Fair Competition by and between Maine’s Commercial Tracks would eliminate the deadline for local approval for the operation of slot machines or a casino at a commercial track in Maine. Among other things, the bill would also provide a commercial track… Read More

Rep. Ricky Long’s Amendment Creates Transitional Period For Return of Jails to Counties Augusta – The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee this afternoon held a work session on LD 186, “An Act to Reverse Jail Consolidation,” sponsored by Senator Paul Davis (R-Piscataquis). At the work session, the committee deliberated an amendment proposed by Representative Ricky Long (R-Aroostook) which would effectively create a transitional period to ease the financial burden a consolidation… Read More

Improper referencing puts Maine women at risk Augusta – Maine Democrats in the House of Representatives have chosen politics over the safety of women. This morning, House Democrats voted to ignore the Maine Senate and improperly reference a bill regarding licensure to the Judiciary Committee in a desperate attempt to paint it as an “abortion bill.” This unprecedented action came after the bill’s sponsor’s vehement objection and her explanation to her colleagues… Read More

Measure advances after 7-4 vote of Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee Augusta – Both Republican and Democratic members of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development advanced a measure sponsored by Rep. Deb Sanderson, (R) from Chelsea that expands treatment for Lyme disease sufferers. The vote came this afternoon after an amendment mirroring a law currently on the books in Massachusetts was introduced. LD 422 would prohibit the Board of… Read More

April 21, 2015 Augusta – Republican leaders in the House and Senate have all signed on as cosponsors to LR 1983, “Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Eliminate the Income Tax, Governor LePage’s proposal to amend the Maine Constitution effectively eliminating the State income tax by 2020. The following are statements from Republican leadership: Rep. Ken Fredette (R) Newport – House Republican Leader: “We have said since the beginning… Read More

Bill offers tuition waivers for the men and women of the Maine National Guard Augusta – House Republican Leader Rep. Ken Fredette of Newport is honored to sponsor a bill that would make it easier for our state’s National Guard members earn a college degree. LD 1343 would provide a 100 percent tuition waiver at any school in the University of Maine System, Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy… Read More