Jim Boyle is serving his first term in the Legislature as the Senator from District 6 (Gorham, and parts of Scarborough and Westbrook). Boyle is a small business owner, a forester, and an environmental consultant. Like his parents and his children, he is a graduate of the University of Maine, where he earned his BS in Forest Management. In 1996, he founded Boyle Associates, an environmental and land-use consulting company specializing in wetland science, wildlife biology, and environmental permitting and compliance. Boyle lives near the Presumpscot River in North Gorham with his partner Sue, and their three dogs.

SENATE REJECTS LEPAGE’S ATTEMPT AT OBSTRUCTING GOOD GOVERNMENT

Overrides 12th Veto AUGUSTA—In a 32-0 vote, the Senate voted for the twelfth time to override another of Governor Paul LePage’s vetoes, this time, a measure to prevent motorized gold prospecting in certain high-value stream segments that contain Atlantic salmon and brook trout. “This is a common sense bill that maintains an important balance between...

LAKE PROTECTION BILL RECEIVES UNANIMOUS SENATE APPROVAL

AUGUSTA—In a 35-0 vote, the Senate gave initial approval to a measure to protect Maine’s lakes. “Ensuring our lakes are protected is vital for our economy and our way of life,” said Senator Jim Boyle of Gorham, the Senate Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. “We must preserve our lakes not only for...

Forecaster Forum: Health-care expansion in Maine shouldn’t be a partisan issue

By Senator James Boyle and Senator Rebecca Millett Read more here For more than a year, the Legislature has been talking about the need to accept federal funds to expand access to health care. The facts haven’t changed: expansion would save the state $690 million over the next 10 years; provide health insurance for nearly...

BIPARTISAN SENATE VOTE GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO STATE-RUN VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOL

Measure calls for moratorium on all other virtual charter schools AUGUSTA—In a bipartisan vote of 24-11, the Senate enacted a measure to create a state-run charter school and a moratorium on other virtual charter schools in Maine. “We need to make every effort to ensure Maine’s children, no matter where they live and no matter...

Weekly Radio Address: Senator Boyle says, “The Governor’s threats are the worst kind of politics–stifling economic growth and job creation”

Good Morning. This is State Senator Jim Boyle.   I am a first-term senator serving the communities of Gorham, Scarborough, and Westbrook.   I am also a small business owner.   Before I began my service as a lawmaker a year and half ago, I learned about the goings-on at the State House through reading...

SENATE APPROVES DEMS’ MEASURE TO RESTORE FUNDS TO MAINE TOWNS

Bill restores $40 million to towns to keep property taxes down   AUGUSTA—In a vote of 33-2, Senate Democrats led the charge to approve a measure restoring $40 million in funding to Maine’s towns and cities to ensure towns can continue providing essential services and keep property taxes down. “Towns across our state have financially...

MEASURE TO PROTECT BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS FROM FAKE REVIEWS RECEIVES PUBLIC HEARING

Senator Boyle sponsors bill to ban the deceptive practice of “astroturfing” AUGUSTA—Democratic Senator Jim Boyle of Gorham introduced a measure today to protect small businesses and consumers from fraudulent and fake reviews by amending the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act.   “In today’s economy, online reviews are a critical part of word-of-mouth buzz for businesses....

Portland Press Herald: Lawmakers plan to keep close watch on DEP

They’ll work to tighten oversight of the department after the Press Herald uncovered failures, but don’t expect to investigate its commissioner. By Colin Woodard Read more here Maine lawmakers are preparing a series of measures that would tighten oversight of the Department of Environmental Protection, but they are unlikely to order an investigation of the...

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILLS ADVANCE AFTER APPEAL

Senator Boyle’s bills to be considered by full Legislature   AUGUSTA – Four bills sponsored by Democratic Senator Jim Boyle of Gorham will be considered by the full Legislature next session.  The bills encourage charitable contributions to nonprofits, extend the certification of certain Pine Tree Development Zones, protect consumers from false advertising, and protect important...

LAWMAKERS CONCERNED BY LEPAGE PRIORITY TO WEAKEN ANTI-SMOG REGS

Proposal rolls back decades-long pact to protect Maine environment and health   AUGUSTA—Leaders of the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) committee released the following statements in response to news that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking to weaken anti-smog regulations.   The Maine DEP has submitted a proposal that would exempt...

MPBN: Four Rookie Maine Legislators Look Back At Their First Session, Part 2

By Irwin Gratz Read more here With a hard-line conservative Republican in the Blaine House and a newly-restored Democratic majority in the Maine Legislature, there was a lot of speculation that this year’s budget battle was a state shutdown waiting to happen. But it didn’t. A compromise budget emerged from the Appropriations Committee. It received...

MPBN: Four Rookie Maine Legislators Look Back At Their First Session

By Irwin Gratz Read more here They have gone back to their former lives for now: as an environmental consultant, library director, retired state trooper and retired educator. They each spent the first half of this year learning a new trade: legislator. As part of his ongoing series with Maine’s rookie legislators, MPBN’s Irwin Gratz...