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    Weekly Radio Address: Alfond says, “As we consider the issues the new legislature has to tackle, it’s clear that the stakes are too high for us not to listen to one another.”

    Weekly Radio Address: Alfond says, “As we consider the issues the new legislature has to tackle, it’s clear that the stakes are too high for us not to listen to one another.”

    As 2014 draws to a close and we look upon the new year, it is a natural opportunity to evaluate—what we can do better, differently, and our successes. Welcoming a new year is an obvious marker of new beginnings.   Good Morning. This is Justin Alfond, the Senate Democratic Leader....
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    MEASURE TO SUPPORT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AT BRUNSWICK LANDING IS PRESENTED

    AUGUSTA – A bill to to increase economic development and provide support for key educational programs at Brunswick Landing was presented before the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee today.   The bill, LD 1423, An Act To Expand Access to Workforce Development at Brunswick Landing, would fund services for workforce development and...

    SENATE SUPPORTS MEASURE TO REMOVE BARRIER FOR MAINERS WHO RUN OUT OF OIL

    Bill would allow oil drivers, not just master technicians to “bleed” furnace during emergency delivery AUGUSTA – A measure to help save money for Mainers who have run out of heating oil received full support from the Maine Senate today. The bill, LD 294, “An Act To Allow a Home Heating Oil Delivery Driver To...

    INACCURATE VETO LETTER LEADS REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO YET ANOTHER YO-YO VOTE

    Unanimous support for truancy bill flips in favor of governor’s erroneous veto letter   AUGUSTA – In a party line vote of 18 – 16, Senate Republicans sustained Gov. LePage’s veto on a  measure aimed at reducing chronic absence from school.   The bill, LD 311, “An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools,”...

    GOP SENATORS FLIP SUPPORT & SUSTAIN VETO ON MAINE-MADE FILM BILL

    AUGUSTA – In a party-line vote of 19 to 16, Senate Republicans sustained Gov. LePage’s veto on a measure that would have encouraged filmmaking in Maine.   The bill, LD 377, “An Act To Continue the Visual and Digital Media Loan Program and the Visual and Digital Media Loan Fund,” would have continued the Visual...

    UNANIMOUS COMMITTEE SUPPORT FOR MEASURE ADDRESSING ABANDONED PROPERTY BLIGHT

    Municipalities given tools and recourse when dealing with derelict properties AUGUSTA –A measure that would enable local municipalities to address blighted, abandoned properties in their community came out of  the state’s Judiciary Committee  with a unanimous vote to support the bill. “Because of abandoned properties in my hometown, we are faced with blight, public safety...

    BILL ENCOURAGING LOCAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENACTED BY SENATE

    Current regulatory barriers prevent people from starting their own hair braiding businesses AUGUSTA –  A measure that would allow individuals who provide only hair braiding services to be exempt from barbering and cosmetology licensure requirements was unanimously enacted by the Maine Senate today. “I see this bill as an opportunity for state government to get...

    MEASURE TO STABILIZE FUNDING FOR HOMELESS SHELTERS MOVES FORWARD

    AUGUSTA–The state’s Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development voted 9 – 2 in support of a measure to stabilize funding for Maine’s homeless shelters today. “No one chooses to be homeless. Our shelters serve as the last line of defense for the neediest among us,” said Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond of Portland, the sponsor...

    MAINE SENATE ENACTS ADDITIONAL PROTECTION FOR MAINE’S SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE

    AUGUSTA–The Maine Senate enacted a measure that protects Maine’s shellfish acquaculture from disruption and predation today. “There’s a lot on the line for Maine’s coastal economy,” said Senator Stan Gerzofsky of Brunswick, the sponsor of the measure. “This is a bill that will support Maine clammers and protect Maine’s clamming industry from green crab predation.”...

    BILL TO ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN SMALL BREWERIES, DISTILLERIES, AND WINERIES MOVES FORWARD

    Measure would allow University of Maine Cooperative Extension to help breweries, wineries, and distilleries get product to market.   AUGUSTA – Today, the Senate approved a measure to help the University of Maine Cooperative Extension continue their work to support Maine’s agricultural and food-based economy. “The Cooperative Extension has a long history of working with...

    SENATE OVERRIDES GOVERNOR’S VETO ON MOOSE PERMIT CHANGE

    AUGUSTA – In a unanimous vote of 34-0, the Maine Senate voted to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would allow the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to transfer a moose permit to a family member in cases determined to involve exceptional extenuating circumstances. The bill, LD 373, sponsored by Senator...

    BILL TO REDUCE ALCOHOL TAX ON KOMBUCHA EARNS UNANIMOUS SUPPORT

    Senator Alfond’s bill would reduce excise tax on kombucha, now moves to the Senate AUGUSTA–A bill aimed at reducing the alcohol excise tax on kombucha received unanimous support in the state’s Taxation Committee during its work session today.   “This fix to the excise tax will support the Kombucha industry and keep Maine’s momentum in...

    MEASURE STRENGTHENING STANDARDS-BASED DIPLOMAS MOVES FORWARD

    Alfond’s bill to form proficiency council unanimously supported by education panel   AUGUSTA–A bill aimed at strengthening standards-based diplomas received unanimous support from the state’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee today. The bill creates a robust, transparent and diverse working group committed to moving ahead with the transition to standards based education. “There are some...