Maine Senate President Announces Committee Assignments for 127th Legislature
Breaking with Tradition, Nearly All Senators will Serve on at Least One Committee
AUGUSTA – Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) has announced senate committee assignments for the 127th Legislature.
The Maine Legislature has 17 standing committees that meet regularly when lawmakers are in session. Some committees continue to meet after adjournment. The committees are made up of 13 members and will be co-chaired by Republicans who hold the majority in the Maine Senate.
Unlike recent Legislatures, nearly every senator, including members of the majority leadership, will serve on committees. For example, Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin) will be assigned to the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee and Assistant Majority Leader Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot) will continue to be a member of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee.
“There is a lot of important work in front of us, and we plan to have a very ambitious agenda,” Senate President Thibodeau said. “That’s why we’re looking at the committee work as an ‘all hands on deck’ situation. I believe that with these committee assignments, the people of Maine will benefit from the legislative experience of both returning Republicans and Democrats and the real world experience of our newly-elected members.”
Below are the senate committee assignments for the 127th Maine Legislature. (Note: the first name listed in each committee is the committee chair.)
Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry: Sen. Peter Edgecomb (R-Aroostook) Sen. Tom Saviello (R-Franklin), Sen. James Dill (D-Penobscot).
Appropriations and Financial Affairs: Sen. James Hamper (R-Oxford),Sen. Roger Katz (R-Kennebec),Sen. Linda Valentino (D-York)
Republicans Win 20-15 Majority in Maine Senate
Senate Leaders Say Voters’ Desire for Welfare Reform, Job Growth Led to Decisive Victory
Voters Reject Barrage of Negative Ads Against Republican Candidates
AUGUSTA – Republicans have recaptured the majority in the Maine Senate, based on the latest results from polling places around the state. Republicans now hold 20 seats while Democrats have 15.
In addition to holding on to all of their incumbents, Republicans made several notable gains with Linda Baker of Topsham winning Senate District 23, Scott Cyrway of Waterville winning District 16, Amy Volk of Scarborough winning District 30, Eric Brakey of Auburn winning District 20, and David Woodsome of North Waterboro winning District 33.
Republicans now hold both Aroostook County senate seats.
While Republicans have long held more rural areas of Maine and Democrats have represented urban regions in the Senate, yesterday’s results showed a continued erosion of that trend as Republicans won victories in Scarborough, Sanford, and Waterville.
“The message from Maine voters was very clear last night,” said Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau. “They want leaders in the Legislature who are ready to tackle Maine’s biggest challenges head-on without the partisan bickering. They want us to create an economic environment that is welcoming to business, reform welfare in a meaningful way that will discourage abuse of the system so those resources are available for the truly needy, and lower heating costs. Republicans in the Maine Senate will work tirelessly to achieve these goals and we look forward to working with our Democratic colleagues to find real solutions for the people of Maine.”
Assistant Senate Republican Leader Roger Katz said, “One of the most encouraging things to see with last night’s results is voters’ rejection of the negative ads that inundated them over the past few months, on television, on the radio, and in their mailboxes. Outside groups spent $1.4 million on Democratic efforts to win state senate seats-a three to one ratio over Republican spending. $875,000 of that was on negative ads, alone. Maine voters had enough, and I think that’s apparent in the election results.”
Governor LePage and First Lady to Host 4th Annual Blaine House Food Drive
AUGUSTA – The First Family invites the public to visit the Blaine House once again this year in an effort to help fellow Mainers who are less fortunate. Since Governor Paul R. LePage and First Lady Ann M. LePage began the food drive in 2011, they have collected thousands of pounds of food for pantries and shelters across Maine.
This year’s food drives will take place on three consecutive Saturdays: October 18 and 25 and November 1. Mainers will have an opportunity to bring a food donation, get a tour of the Blaine House led by Governor LePage and enjoy light refreshments. “Our family has been blessed, and this is our opportunity to give back in a very meaningful way,” said Governor LePage. “It is heartwarming to see our neighbors, friends, co-workers, students and various groups like the Boy and Girl Scouts dropping off donations year after year. Mainers are generous people, and in times of need we come together for a greater cause – that’s what the holiday season is all about.” T
he Good Shepherd Food-Bank will accept all donations brought to the Blaine House. Good Shepherd Food-Bank will determine the communities that need the food most and distribute the donations. Doors will be open at the Blaine House between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Saturday. - See more at: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Portal+News&id=629628&v=Article-2014#sthash.3HZut7Qz.dpuf
Governor LePage Details Maine's Ebola Preparedness
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has issued a statement regarding the state’s monitoring and response systems for communicable diseases.
“Maine is part of the global community and our beautiful state attracts people from all over the world,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “This brings many good things to our shores. However, it also raises the occasional risk of certain challenges, in this case, the possibility of a traveler unintentionally and unknowingly carrying an infectious disease. This risk is always present, so the state maintains and continuously updates its infectious disease response plan. The safety of our citizens is our number one priority.”
Governor LePage continued, “The Maine CDC has elevated its monitoring in light of the recent Ebola developments in Texas and is in constant touch with its federal counterparts. We have taken additional steps to ensure to the best of our ability that any suspected cases in Maine will be reported immediately and effective action taken to the extent the law allows to minimize all risk to the public health and safety.”