2014 Democratic State of the State Address

2014 Democratic State of the State Address

Hello. I’m Senate President Justin Alfond. Tonight, Governor Paul LePage will deliver the State of the State to the Legislature and to the people of Maine. For those of you who listen tonight, you may agree with what the Governor has outlined. Or you may not. But one thing all...
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NEW LAW STRENGTHENS MAINE FOREST MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Senator Boyle’s bill updates outcome-based forestry policy   AUGUSTA— A bill sponsored by Senator Jim Boyle of Gorham to update Maine’s outcome-based forestry policy has become law. “Outcome-based forestry helps us balance the needs of our forest economy with the need to preserve our forest environments,” said Senator Boyle. “Increasing the number of outcome-based forestry...

MEASURE ENSURING NURSING HOME PATIENTS HAVE ACCESS TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA BECOMES LAW

Senator Lachowicz’s measure allows non-smoked forms of medical marijuana in hospice and nursing homes      AUGUSTA – A bill sponsored by Democratic Senator Colleen Lachowicz of Waterville to allow authorized patients in hospice and nursing homes to use non-smoked forms of medical marijuana became law without the signature of Governor LePage.   “This law...

MEASURE TO SUPPORT MAINE LIQUOR BUSINESSES SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator Tuttle’s measure allows Maine liquor outlets to advertise discounts on spirits AUGUSTA– A bill sponsored by Democratic Senator John Tuttle of Sanford to allow Maine liquor outlets to advertise discounts on spirits through print or electronic media has been signed into law by Governor LePage. “It is important that we allow Maine liquor businesses...

“PATENT TROLLS” BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator Haskell’s measure will protect businesses from false patent claims AUGUSTA— A bill sponsored by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Anne Haskell of Portland to make it harder for “patent trolls” to harass and extort money from Maine businesses has been signed into law by Governor Paul LePage.   “These scammers are a drain on honest...

LEPAGE KILLS LOCAL ‘FOOD HUBS’ BILL HELPING MAINE FARMERS AND FISHERMEN

Veto spree continues with nine vetoes in one day     AUGUSTA—As part of his nine-bill veto spree today, Governor LePage killed another bill that received strong bipartisan support from the Legislature. The measure, LD 1431, encouraged the use of Maine-produced food in Maine schools.     “It is unfortunate that the governor does not...

SENATE ENACTS $50 MILLION IN BONDS

Focusing on 21st century jobs and industries   AUGUSTA – Today, the Senate enacted six bond bills totaling $50 million to create jobs and invest in Maine’s small businesses and economy. “Investments like these help boost Maine’s competitive advantage,” said Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland. “We have an opportunity to invest in our state’s...

SMALL BUSINESS BOND APPROVED IN SENATE

Provides $12 million through FAME for small biz to expand   AUGUSTA – Today, in a 27-3 the Senate enacted a small business bond to help small and mid-size businesses expand and create jobs. “This small business bond will give a boost to Maine’s entrepreneurs and strengthen Maine’s competitive advantage,” said Senator Linda Valentino of...

NH-STYLE EXPANSION BILL APPROVED IN SENATE

Private Option provision moves forward   AUGUSTA— In a 19-14 vote, the Senate approved an amended version of a bill to increase access to health care with a private option component modeled after New Hampshire’s program. “I will support any reasonable compromise that brings health care to more Maine people,” said Senate Majority Leader Troy...

COLD CASE UNIT BILL ENACTED IN SENATE

Measure to be sent to Governor LePage AUGUSTA – In a unanimous “under the hammer” vote, the Senate enacted a measure to create a cold case homicide unit in the Attorney General’s Office to investigate unsolved homicides. “Victims’ families need closure; they deserve to know what happened to their loved ones and to have the...

SENATE ENACTS BILL TO EXPAND AUTISM INSURANCE COVERAGE

Senator Lachowicz’s bill requires autism coverage through age 10 AUGUSTA—The Senate unanimously enacted a bill sponsored by Democratic Senator Colleen Lachowicz of Waterville to expand health insurance coverage for children with autism spectrum disorder. “We know that access to treatment can make all the difference for children with autism,” said Senator Lachowicz, who is a...

GOP SUSTAINS LEPAGE VETO OF BILL TO HELP MAINERS HEAT THEIR HOMES AFFORDABLY

Measure would have provided rebates for heat pumps and solar panels AUGUSTA–In a 22-13 vote, the Senate Republicans sustained Governor LePage’s veto of a bill that would have provided rebates for solar panels and heat pumps for low-income Mainers. Overriding a veto requires two-thirds, or 24 Senate votes. The Senate originally supported the measure in...

ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING DRUG APPROVED DESPITE LEPAGE VETO THREATS

AUGUSTA–In a unanimous vote, the Senate gave initial approval to a measure to increase access to a proven life-saving medication that can reverse opioid overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, naloxone also known by its brand name, Narcan, has reversed more than 10,000 overdoses between 1996 and 2010. “I can tell you that most...