Surrounded by family and friends, Rep. Rick Mason was sworn in as the newest member of the Maine House of Representatives this morning by Governor Paul LePage.  Rep. Mason was elected in a special election last month to represent the people of Lisbon, finishing the term started by his late wife, the Honorable Gina Mason, who passed away unexpectedly in September.   “I want to thank everyone for their prayers, love… Read More

House Republican leaders Rep. Ken Fredette, Rep. Ellie Espling and other House Republican caucus members are working to make changes to the referendum process in Maine to prevent out of state special interests from gaming the system as well as to ensure that legislation presented to the Maine people at the ballot box is in line with the Maine Constitution.   House Republican Leader Rep. Ken Fredette of Newport is introducing legislation… Read More

Monday, the Maine House of Representatives voted 84-53 to preliminarily pass LD 1650 “An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act”, but the vote fell short of the 101 votes needed to pass the bill as emergency legislation or survive a potential veto from the governor. Due to a variety of issues with LD 1650 that have still not been addressed, a majority of House Republicans made the decision to vote against… Read More

This morning, Rep. Jeff Pierce of Dresden sent a letter to Beth Ashcroft, the Director of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability requesting an investigation into possible abuses of Maine’s citizens’ referendum process and whether or not it still meets its original intent. The Maine Legislature continues to work on changes to the current referendum process and Rep Pierce’s request comes on the heels of the Government Oversight Committee giving… Read More

Quebec – Rep Ken Fredette of Newport led a contingent of Maine legislators on a tour to James River Bay, Quebec, to see first-hand the Provinces’ use of hydro power to develop clean, renewable energy sources that may be sold to New England.   New England states are currently planning on shutting down nuclear power plants and other energy generating sources requiring the demand for a new base load for the six… Read More

Below is a joint statement from House Republican Leaders Rep. Ken Fredette of Newport and Rep. Ellie Espling of New Gloucester on the sudden and tragic loss of the Honorable Rep. Gina Mason of Lisbon. “We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Rep. Gina Mason. She was a wonderful mother, a leader and a friend to us all. Our prayers are with the Mason and Crafts family during this… Read More

House GOP plan seeks to solve the problems in education not simply throw money at it Maine House Republicans have put forward a 2-year budget that is a reasonable compromise in hopes that all parties can agree. The new proposal includes $125 million in new education funding along with significant education and economic reforms we believe will move Maine forward. House Republicans have been consistent in their position that they would only… Read More

Monday, Maine House Democrats voted against a pair of bills that would have better protected our law enforcement officers and first responder, opting instead to side with criminals. The following bills were struck down by Maine House Democrats: LD 1512 “An Act To Protect the Health and Safety of First Responders” which makes it a crime for a person, knowing the person is infected with an aggressive blood-borne pathogen, to intentionally, knowingly… Read More

Plan would reduce top rate to 6.99 and drop corporate tax rate to 8.33% House Republicans laid out their budget report in the Appropriations Committee that not only eliminates the disastrous 3 percent surcharge, but also reduces the income tax for working Maine families and Maine businesses.   The House Republican budget report would do the following:   Repeal the 3 percent surcharge entirely.   Reduce the top income tax rate from… Read More

House Republicans renewed their call for a voluntary statewide teacher contract, insisting that the bill be part of the education reforms included in any budget proposal that House Republicans will support.   Currently, Maine teacher contracts are negotiated with officials from each individual school district. This bill would authorize the State of Maine to bargain for a statewide educator contract that chooses to opt-in for standard salary and benefits in Maine’s public… Read More