A Key Step Necessary to Remove Kennebec Dams Is Now Done

By Sen. Brad Farrin Last week, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) closed the public comment period for a rule-making that amends the state’s comprehensive plan for the management of the Kennebec River. Having done so, nothing now stands in the way of DMR following through on their promise to submit this amendment to … Continue reading A Key Step Necessary to Remove Kennebec Dams Is Now Done

Legislative Democrats Abandon Bipartisanship, Force through Budget

(AUGUSTA, ME) -- On just the fourth day of the legislature meeting as a whole, Democrats have already given up on the idea of working together with Republicans and Independents on a two-year budget. In what may have been the shortest regular session in the history of the State Legislature—four days—Republicans’ plan to have a … Continue reading Legislative Democrats Abandon Bipartisanship, Force through Budget

Senate Republican Radio Address, 3/26/21

Senator Lisa Keim discusses the many bills being heard on Monday, March 26 regarding a governor's power under a State of Emergency. https://videopress.com/v/81Z89lag?preloadContent=metadata Hi, I am Senator Lisa Keim from Oxford County representing the beautiful Western Maine mountain region and happy spring. I am reaching out today with an important message to help you get … Continue reading Senate Republican Radio Address, 3/26/21

Democrats to Pass Sham Budget, Adjourn the Legislature, End Bipartisanship and Silence Voices Calling for Tax Relief

Heavy-handed approach runs counter to 20+ years of established budget precedent STATE HOUSE – Legislative Republicans held a press conference in Augusta today to call attention to Democrat plans to invoke a little known budget gimmick that will effectively end the bipartisan work that produced a Supplemental Budget that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and … Continue reading Democrats to Pass Sham Budget, Adjourn the Legislature, End Bipartisanship and Silence Voices Calling for Tax Relief

Department of Marine Resources Misled the Public to Set Dam Removal in Motion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                            3/23/21 Senator Brad Farrin (R-Somerset) (Augusta, ME) – The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is about to complete a highly important rule-making process based on false and misleading information that it provided to the public as part of that process. On Friday, the public comment period surrounding an amendment to … Continue reading Department of Marine Resources Misled the Public to Set Dam Removal in Motion

Maine Lawmaking Continues Through the Pandemic

by Senator Rick Bennett It was a busy two-day legislative session in mid-March. Two items were of particularly noteworthy in the Maine Senate.  First, I introduced a joint resolution to end the state of emergency.  In my floor speech, I pointed out that the emergency Governor Mills proclaimed a full year ago has been extended … Continue reading Maine Lawmaking Continues Through the Pandemic

Gov. Mills Signs Sen. Trey Stewart’s Potato Marketing Improvement Fund Bill into Law

Senator Stewart Praises Governor Mills for Signing His Bill into Law April 8, 2021 (Augusta, ME) – State Senator Trey is praising Governor Mills for signing his bill, LD 204: “An Act To Amend the Law Regarding the Interest Rate for State Loans under the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund” into law. The bill changes the … Continue reading Gov. Mills Signs Sen. Trey Stewart’s Potato Marketing Improvement Fund Bill into Law

Senate Republicans Ask Gov. Mills to Extend Tax Deadline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maine Senate Republicans request that Governor Mills extend the tax filing deadline for Mainers from April 15 to May 17 to conform with the extension just announced by the federal government (Augusta, ME) - Just yesterday the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced the federal tax filing deadline has been … Continue reading Senate Republicans Ask Gov. Mills to Extend Tax Deadline