Rep. Karen Gerrish
Representative Gerrish is entering her second term in the Maine House of Representatives serving District 20 which includes Acton, Lebanon and part of Shapleigh. She’s been appointed to serve as the ranking House Republican on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in the 128th Legislature. This is her second term serving on this committee and first as a lead.
She attended the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine and currently works as an elementary technology teacher. She is a proud member of the following groups:
- Gun Owners of Maine
- Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine
- National Rifle Association
- She serves on the board for the Lebanon Community Learning Center
- Association Computer Technology Educators of Maine.
Representative Gerrish lives in Lebanon.
Rep. Gerrish currently has a bill that would expedite warrants through an electronic warrant system. As well as a bill to provide education savings accounts that would allow parents to transfer the state and local education funding allocated to their child to ensure their children are receiving the best educational opportunities available.
Bills Sponsored or Cosponsored by Rep. Gerrish:
LD 62: An Act To Require Notice to Municipal Officers of Violations of Emergency Medical Services Law and Rule.
This bill provides notice to the municipal officers of a municipality when the Emergency Medical Services’ Board investigates or takes action with regard to a violation of law or rule in connection with the provision of emergency medical services in the municipality. The bill provides an exception to Emergency Medical Services’ Board confidentiality protections when notice is given to municipal officers.
LD 559: An Act To Notify Parents of a Complaint against a Child Care Facility or a Family Child Care Provider
This bill would have required the Department of Health and Human Services to notify in writing the parents and legal guardians of children receiving care at a licensed child care facility or from a certified family child care provider of a complaint’s being lodged against the facility or provider, of the department’s investigation and of the nature of the complaint. Notification must be sent within 5 days of the department’s commencement of the investigation.
Representative Gerrish has also sponsored two crucial bills in support of both Maine law enforcement and Maine prosecutors and Judicial Branch.
First, LD 1783, “An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs”, is legislation that will bring Fentanyl equal in law with regard to weight with heroin. “Currently anyone arrested with 6 grams or 10,000 grams of Fentanyl can only be charged with a Class B felony. Fentanyl has to be held to the same level as heroin. We all know that the majority of heroin that is coming into the state is not pure but mixed or a derivative. I have grown weary of watching young people, including former students pass of drug overdoses. Fentanyl is a killer, 50x more potent than heroin. It’s long overdue to be serious with putting away drug traffickers in this state. I appreciate Governor LePage putting forth this legislation for me and I am happy to sponsor it.”
LD 860, “An Act To Establish a Statewide Electronic Warrant System” is a bill which had its public hearing in the first legislative session and carried over to the second session. This legislation would create a completely digitized statewide system for both search and arrest warrants.
“Maine’s law enforcement is spending too much time during their patrol shifts in search of warrant signatures from Maine judges. A year ago I was witness to exactly this as I watched a Troop A state trooper stand for hours at Springvale District Court, all for signature on a warrant. It is the 21st century and there is no need for this tremendous amount of lost patrol time. It’s time to expedite the process for Maine law enforcement, district attorney’s and judges. It’s time to stop the 3 a.m. door knocking at judge’s homes when they can read the warrant on an ipad and approve and sign. Many other states have digital systems in place at a huge cost savings and it’s time for Maine to follow suit.”
For a list of all bills sponsored or cosponsored by Rep. Gerrish click HERE