Maine House GOP

Monthly Archives: January 2016

Augusta – Thursday afternoon, 56 House Republicans signed on to a letter from Rep. Heather Sirocki to Attorney General Janet Mills requesting a legal opinion regarding the constitutionality of ranked-choice voting here in Maine. This initiative is set to be sent to the Maine voters but House Republicans believe it would be irresponsible to send an initiative out to the Maine people that may violate the Maine Constitution. Rep. Sirocki brought this… Read More

Augusta – Tuesday, the House and Senate unanimously approved a bill to help fight the Maine’s drug crisis and a short time later Governor LePage signed the bill into law. The passage of the LD 1537 “An Act To Combat Drug Addiction through Enforcement, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery” is a good first step but a more comprehensive approach is still needed. House Republicans had two major issues with the bill in its… Read More

The funding source is the main sticking point to the bill’s passage Augusta –This afternoon, the four House Republicans on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee split with the rest of the committee members in a 9-4 vote on LD 1537 “An Act To Combat Drug Addiction through Enforcement, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.” House Republicans have two major issues that are illustrated in the minority report out of the committee: 1. The… Read More

Newest House Republican Members Assigned to State and Local Government Committee While Two other House Republicans removed while House Democrats status remains unchanged Augusta – House Republicans are pleased to have our two newest members seated in the House Chamber and assigned to their respective committees. Rep. Matt Harrington (R) of Springvale and Rep. Lester Ordway (R) of Standish were both assigned to the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government…. Read More

Augusta – Tuesday, the Appropriations Committee, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee listened to public testimony on a bill to address the current drug crisis in Maine. The bill in its current form would add funding for 10 additional Maine Drug Enforcement Agents and also contains a hastily put together “plan” to address the treatment side of this issue. During the hearing, Department of Public… Read More

Augusta – This afternoon, House Republicans spoke about their caucus priorities as we head into the session which begins this week. From day one, House Republicans have been steadfast in their commitment to control state spending and we have no plans to waver from that commitment. The Maine Legislature must deal with a number of challenges as legislators return to Augusta this week. Maine is in the midst of the worst drug… Read More