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

The Maine People’s Alliance, a leftist group that is essentially a well-funded arm of the Maine Democratic Party, hosted a rally to support a job-killing wage mandate earlier today at the Maine State House. House Republicans remain steadfast in their strong and vehement opposition to any sort of blunt wage mandate from the Maine Legislature. “House Republicans plan to stand up for the thousands of people, especially those folks in rural Maine… Read More

Unnecessary amendment could derail plans to provide more treatment options Augusta – A bill designed to help expand access to treatment for Mainers suffering from Lyme disease is now in danger of being killed due to a potential amendment that would curtail the original intent of the legislation. LD 422 would prohibit the Board of Licensure in Medicine from disciplining a physician or revoking or suspending a physician’s license solely for prescribing,… Read More

Rep. Ward Introduces Bipartisan “Right to Try” Bill Maine can join the growing number of states to pass this type of legislation Augusta – Rep. Karl Ward of Dedham introduced legislation before the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services to add Maine to the growing number of states that have adopted so-called “Right to Try” bills. This bill, LD 180, and others like it allow terminally ill patients to exhaust… Read More

Monday, March 6, 2015 Augusta – This morning, Rep. Karen Gerrish introduced legislation in front of the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services to protect children who attend daycare facilities in Maine. Currently, Maine ranks 47th in the nation in terms of oversight at our daycare facilities. LD 559 would help us take a major step in the right direction by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to… Read More

April 1, 2015 Augusta – House Republican Leader Rep. Ken Fredette of Newport introduced a bill aimed at fixing the typo in an energy bill and fully restore funding to Efficiency Maine Trust to the levels the 126th Legislature intended. The intent of the legislation as expressed by members of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee was to grant the PUC the authority to set electricity rates to raise funds for energy… Read More