House Republican Leaders Pleased With the Funding For 10 MDEA Agents
House Republican Leaders Rep. Ken Fredette of Newport and Rep. Ellie Espling of New Gloucester have said all along their top priority when it comes to the drug crisis has been to provide the Maine Drug Enforcement Agents with the 10 new agents they so desperately need to fight the influx of heroin and other drugs into Maine.
Below is a joint statement from Rep. Fredette and Rep. Espling regarding the news that the Governor is moving forward immediately through a financial order to contract the new agents as well as the press conference held today by the Senate President and the Speaker of the House:
“We are pleased that the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency can now begin the process of contracting the 10 new agents they need without further delay. Since today marks the first time we have seen any details on paper of Speaker Eves and Senate President Thibodeau’s ideas to address drug treatment and education we want to take the appropriate time to vet their proposal thoroughly. However, any comprehensive plan addressing this issue must have input from House Republicans during the process in order to ensure the support of our caucus. We have asked to be kept informed of any meetings related to the crafting of legislation to address drug treatment and education. This is not an issue that needs to be politicized. All we ask is that we are part of this legislative process moving forward.”