Rep. Heather Sirocki of Scarborough finished tied for second for the prestigious Global Woman Award in the Political Category awarded by the Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation for her tireless work to outlaw the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Maine. Female Genital Mutilation, often referred to as FGM, is a destructive and horrific practice, during which the female genitals are partly or entirely removed or injured with the aim of… Read More

The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is proud to announce Maine State Representative Paula Sutton as a 2018 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner. This award was created to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are… Read More

Rep. Heidi Sampson of Alfred received the Freedom and Opportunity Award from the Maine Heritage Policy Center last week. Rep. Sampson received the award after completing her first term in the Maine House of Representatives where she served on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee. “Rep. Heidi Sampson has demonstrated her commitment to empowering families in Maine so that every child can learn the skills needed to thrive in the global, 21st century economy…. Read More

Assistant House Republican Leader Rep. Ellie Espling of New Gloucester has received the “President’s Award for Legislative Service” from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. The award comes after Rep. Espling’s tireless efforts to reform Maine’s referendum process, specifically a bill she sponsored that would allow residents of Maine’s Second Congressional to have their voices heard. During the last legislative session, Rep. Espling sponsored LD 31 “RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution… Read More

Rep. Paula G. Sutton of Warren will formally request that the House Ethics Committee convene immediately to investigate public allegations made against Democratic Rep. Dillon Bates of Westbrook. Late last week, media reports began circulating featuring unsubstantiated allegations against Rep. Bates. After admitting she knew of the allegations months ago and failed to act on them, and lacking any new evidence, House Speaker Sara Gideon asked Rep. Bates to resign his seat… Read More

Proficiency Based Diplomas are likely to become a thing of the past in school districts all across Maine after LD 1666 was signed into law today. LD 1666 removes the mandate on Maine school districts that required them to issue proficiency based diplomas. Removing this mandate puts local school boards, teachers and parents back in the driver’s seat when it comes to how students all across Maine learn at our public schools…. Read More

Once again, the Maine House convened for nearly 12 hours yesterday without being allowed to vote on LD 1655, a bill to conform Maine’s tax code to the changes made at the federal level which would provide roughly $40 million in tax relief for Maine families and businesses. The Speaker of the House has full discretion and final say when it comes to what bills are brought forward for a vote. She has repeatedly… Read More

AUGUSTA – Republican state representatives and state senators from York County on Tuesday sent an open letter of support to Kittery Trading Post president Kevin Adams in response to Democratic lawmakers’ threats to boycott and protest the beloved sporting goods store. “As we celebrate Independence Day this year, we cherish especially our constitutional right to bear arms, which is under attack across our great nation,” said Rep. Heidi Sampson (R-Alfred).  “These Democratic… Read More

With critically important issues like tax conformity and a transportation bond still left unresolved, House Republicans are not overly concerned with how politicians will finance their campaigns. This once again puts  House Republicans at odds with other legislators in Augusta who have chosen clean elections funding as their top priority. This afternoon in the House, LD 1655, a tax conformity bill that would provide tax relief to the Maine people and Maine businesses… Read More

After a unanimous agreement was reached this week by the members of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee on a package to address the needs of the people of Maine, House Republican leaders have polled the caucus with regard to returning for a special session. In response to the poll, a sufficient number of House Republicans have agreed to return to the state house next week for a special session. Below is… Read More