Rep. Ellie Espling
Rep. Ellie Espling is the State Representative for House District 65, which includes Part of Poland in Androscoggin County, and all of New Gloucester in Cumberland County. She’s serving her fourth term in the Maine House and her tireless efforts to improve the lives of those in her district and all across Maine have not gone unnoticed by her peers. She was recently elected to serve as the Assistant House Republican Leader in the 128th Maine Legislature, her second consecutive term in leadership. With her leadership reelection, Rep. Espling becomes the first woman in Maine history to serve consecutive terms as a House Republican caucus leader.
Rep. Espling served on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee in both the 125th and the 126th Legislatures. In the past she has served on the New Gloucester Budget Committee as a member and Chair and was the Chair of the New Gloucester Republican Committee.
She graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School and the University of Southern Maine, where she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. She lives in New Gloucester with her husband, Steve. They have four children.
Rep. Espling currently serves her town as a member of the Public Safety Committee and is a member of the North Deering Alliance Church in Portland.
Legislation sponsored during the 127th Maine Legislature:
LD 886 – “Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Increase Reimbursement Rates for Home-based and Community-based Services” – This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to increase the reimbursement rates for home-based and community-based services by January 15, 2016. Click Here For More Information On LD 886
LD 790: “An Act To Make Political Advertising Accountable and Transparent” – This bill requires a communication that is intended to influence a ballot question election and that depicts a wildlife management practice to include information about any image or video used in the communication whether or not the practice is legal in the State. It also requires that if a communication includes an image or video of a wildlife management practice the communication must state the location where the image or video was created and the date on which it was made.
LD 1321: “An Act To Expand the Landowner Relations Program at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife” – This bill contains 3 provisions:
1. This bill amends the landowner relations program within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by adding to the program the requirement that the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife establish an ongoing relationship with various outdoor recreationists and the nonprofit organizations representing these outdoor recreationists, and must provide ongoing education to these groups and individuals about good landowner relations.
2. The bill gives the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, instead of the Governor, authority to appoint board members for the Landowners and Sportsmen Relations Advisory Board, and it reduces the size and membership of the board and expands the board’s duties to include an annual stakeholder meeting and an annual reporting requirement.
3. This bill also directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a Keep Maine Clean program to recruit volunteers to pick up trash along roadsides, fields and forests while they are walking, hiking, fishing and otherwise enjoying public and private lands.
LD 19: “An Act Regarding Special Education for Students Enrolled in a Home Instruction Program” – This bill provides that a student enrolled in a home instruction program is eligible for special education and related services in the same manner that students enrolled in a private school are eligible for these services.
LD 27: “An Act To Exempt Persons 67 Years of Age and Older from the State Income Tax” – This bill exempts from the state income tax income of residents who are 67 years of age or older unless the income is received jointly with a person who has not reached 67 years of age.