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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 WOULD REMOVE BARRIER FOR MAINERS WHO RUN OUT OF OIL

    Public hearing was held on bill that would allow oil drivers, not just master technicians to “bleed” furnace AUGUSTA – A measure to help save money for Mainers who have run out of oil was taken up by the Labor, Commerce, Research and Development committee today.   The bill, LD 294, “An Act To Allow...

    MEASURE BOOSTING INVESTMENT IN MAINE’S FARMS AND FISHERIES TAKEN UP BY AG PANEL

    AUGUSTA – A measure aimed at helping Maine’s farms and fisheries expand their marketing efforts held a public hearing today in the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry committee today.   The bill, LD 304, “An Act to Support Marketing of Maine’s Farms and Fisheries,” expands the financing assistance opportunities for Maine farms and fisheries by...

    MEASURE TO PROTECT MAINE PEOPLE FROM CYBERDATA BREACHES GETS GREEN LIGHT FROM LEGISLATIVE LEADERS

    Measure aligns consumer protection with HIPAA standards   AUGUSTA – Today, members of the Legislative Council unanimously approved an after-deadline bill to strengthen consumer protections after medical identity theft.   “Medical identity theft can damage policy holders for life,” said Senator Geoff Gratwick, the sponsor of the bill. “This invasion can lead to an invasion...

    STATEMENT FROM SEN. HILL ON PUC-DECISION TO REOPEN ENERGY CONTRACT

    AUGUSTA–Assistant Democratic Leader Senator Dawn Hill. who serves on the state’s Energy and Utilities Committee released the following statement in response to the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s decision to reopen the bidding process for two long-term energy contracts that were previously approved by the PUC. “Shame on the PUC and Gov. LePage for once again...

    YOUTH CANCER-PREVENTION BILL MOVES FORWARD TO FULL LEGISLATURE

    FDA now warns against tanning bed usage for youth under 18   AUGUSTA–The state’s Health and Human Services Committee voted 7 to 4 to support Democratic State Senator Geoff Gratwick’s bill to reduce the risk of skin cancer in children by prohibiting youth under the age of 18 from using tanning devices.   “We already...

    Weekly Radio Address: Valentino says, “Democrats will seek a better budget deal for all Mainers”

      Every two years the Maine Legislature passes a new, balanced, state budget.The budget is a document that reflects our values and our priorities. It charts a course for our future–for our prosperity, and for our success.   Good Morning. This is State Senator Linda Valentino of Saco.   This week, I, along with my...

    MEASURE TO IMPROVE CARE OF CHILDREN IN STATE CUSTODY RECEIVES PUBLIC HEARING

    Senator Gratwick’s bill would ensure timely health assessments of children entering state custody   AUGUSTA – Today, Democratic Senator Geoff Gratwick of Bangor introduced legislation to require comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral assessments for children entering state custody as a result of abuse or neglect.   “An interrupted childhood has a widespread impact, putting a...

    Senator Libby Applauds Education Committee’s Unanimous Approval of Bill to Better Prepare Schools for Emergency Drills

    AUGUSTA – In response to tragedies in schools around the nation, Senator Nate Libby of Lewiston introduced legislation this session to require Maine schools to be better prepared in the event of an emergency. The bill, “Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Amend the School Emergency Drill Rules,” gained unanimous approval from the Legislature’s...

    SPECIAL COMMISSION ON COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY: “It’s not just a young person problem”

    Plan highlights collaborative need to tackle affordability and degree attainment   AUGUSTA–Lawmakers, students, parents, and higher education leaders held a press conference today endorsing a collaborative 10-point plan to reduce higher education costs and increase degree attainment. The plan is the outcome of the Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion.   “The issue...

    Dem Radio address: Alfond says, “Let’s accept the challenge to be the first state in the nation to end childhood hunger.”

    Childhood hunger is something that is easily overlooked. Or, even forgotten.   But, right now in Maine, there are 86,473 children who are hungry. Who are they and where do they live? Well, hungry children–children who are food insecure–live in all sixteen of our counties.   Hunger doesn’t discriminate between northern Maine and southern Maine...

    SENATOR JOHNSON TO HOLD LOCAL OFFICE HOURS ON FEBRUARY 14, 2015

    AUGUSTA – State Senator Chris Johnson of Somerville will hold his monthly office hours on Saturday, February 14, at three in-district locations. He will be at the Waldoboro Public Library in Waldoboro from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the Maine Coast Book Shop Café in Damariscotta from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and at Treats...

    Ocean acidification panel calls for action to address threat

    Legislative members to unveil four proposals to protect marine ecosystem, coastal economy AUGUSTA – The Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification on Commercially Harvested and Grown Species on Thursday presented its report to the public and unveiled four proposals for the current legislative session that are informed by the panel’s work....