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

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… Read More

Augusta – Rep. Lester Ordway (R) of Standish and Rep. Matt Harrington (R) of Springvale, the two newest members of the Maine House of Representatives, were sworn in this morning by Governor Paul LePage during a brief ceremony in the Cabinet Room at the Maine State House. Rep. Ordway won the special election held in Standish last month and will begin serving the people of House District 23 immediately. “I am honored… Read More

Below is a joint statement from House Republican Leader Rep. Ken Fredette of Newport and Assistant House Republican Leader Rep. Ellie Espling of New Gloucester regarding the Government Oversight Committee’s vote on the OPEGA report dealing with Goodwill Hinckley’s hiring and immediate firing of House Speaker Mark Eves: “The 7-5 vote of the Government Oversight Committee  reflects not only the fact that OPEGA has completed its work but also reflects the lack… Read More

Rep. Fredette’s bill fixes an inadvertent error in the budget that would have cost Maine veterans a $10,000 benefit Augusta – A bill put forward by House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport to preserve a tax credit for Maine veterans by fixing an inadvertent error in the recently passed biennial budget regarding was unanimously approved by the Legisltive Council this afternoon. The bill request, LR 2434 “An Act To Make Additional… Read More