Maine House GOP

Monthly Archives: March 2016

House GOP option better protects ratepayers and provides guidance to the PUC in net metering review Augusta – Wednesday afternoon, House Republicans on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee proposed a 3-part alternative to LD 1649 “An Act To Modernize Maine’s Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development.” This alternative proposed by Rep. Nathan Wadsworth (R) of Hiram, the ranking House Republican on the EUT Committee, protects ratepayers and provides the Public… Read More

Augusta – This morning, House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport introduced legislation on behalf of Governor LePage that would help certain law enforcement agencies recruit and retain personnel in order to achieve their proper staffing levels.   The Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service and Maine Marine Patrol are struggling to recruit and retain personnel. Colonel Robert Williams, Chief of the Maine State Police, told members of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee… Read More

Augusta – Thursday morning in the House, Democrats voted against Maine’s small businesses when they refused to allow Maine voters to consider a competing measure to the minimum wage increase referendum being sent to voters this November. Late Thursday afternoon, Rep. Sue Austin (R) of Gray came up with a way to keep the debate alive and thanks to her efforts, the competing measure will live to see another day. Rep. Austin… Read More

Augusta – This afternoon, the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology is holding a public hearing on LD 1649 “An Act To Modernize Maine’s Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development.” Nathan Wadsworth, the ranking House Republican on the Committee, released the following statement on LD 1649. “While we understand that technological advances are changing the solar delivery market, we believe it is paramount that whatever policy decisions we make… Read More

Compromise includes full tax conformity with federal law and formation of Commission to study education funding in Maine Augusta – This morning, a bill to fully conform to the federal tax laws overwhelmingly passed the House. In addition, a separate bill to provide more funding and accountability to Maine’s education spending also passed the House in convincing fashion. These two bills are part of a compromise reached after negotiations between all legislative… Read More