Bipartisan group of lawmakers respond to DEP Commissioner regarding failed CMP Corridor taper condition and send letter to BEP about long delayed permit appeals

On July 10, a bipartisan group of legislators who visited Segment 1 of the CMP Corridor sent a letter and detailed report to DEP Commissioner Melanie Loyzim and members of the Board of Environmental Protection to bring attention to the ineffective taper requirement included in New England Clean Energy Connect’s (NECEC) DEP permit. While this condition was intended to protect … Continue reading Bipartisan group of lawmakers respond to DEP Commissioner regarding failed CMP Corridor taper condition and send letter to BEP about long delayed permit appeals

Despite the Pandemic, Legislators Are Working for You in Augusta

By Senator Russell Black While the COVID-19 outbreak has made everything a little harder than it used to be, those of us who represent you in Augusta have not stopped working or forgotten your needs. The kind of work that goes on every day at the Statehouse may not make the evening news or the … Continue reading Despite the Pandemic, Legislators Are Working for You in Augusta

Working for Farmers and Sportsmen and Women is a Personal Effort

By Senator Russell Black Given my family’s heritage in both farming and hunting in Maine, I cannot remember a time when both of these things were not at the forefront of my activities, both professionally and for recreation. That is why I welcome the opportunity to serve as the Lead Republican on two of the … Continue reading Working for Farmers and Sportsmen and Women is a Personal Effort

Senator Russell Black Submits Bills for the New Legislature

(January 5, 2021) – The deadline for submitting new bills for the 130th State Legislature was December 18, 2020. Currently, only the titles of these bills are available. Below is a list of the bill titles submitted by Senator Russell Black. An Act To Provide Seniors a Reduction in Property Taxes Equal to the Costs … Continue reading Senator Russell Black Submits Bills for the New Legislature

Senator Russell Black Reappointed as Lead Republican on the Agriculture Committee

(December 21, 2020) – Senator Russell Black will serve a second straight two-year term as the lead Senate Republican on the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. A lifelong farmer, Black just began his sixth term in the State Legislature, the first four were in the House. He was reelected in November … Continue reading Senator Russell Black Reappointed as Lead Republican on the Agriculture Committee

Sen Russell Black Sworn In for the 130th Legislature

Senator Russell Black poses with Governor Janet Mills moments after she administered the Oath of Office, swearing him in as a member of the 130th Maine Senate. Senator Black was reelected to serve District 17 which includes all of Franklin County communities as well as the Kennebec County communities of Belgrade, Fayette, Mount Vernon and … Continue reading Sen Russell Black Sworn In for the 130th Legislature

Franklin County Teacher of the Year Visits State House

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   AUGUSTA – Robert Taylor of Jay, who is a teacher at Spruce Mountain High School, was named the 2019 Franklin County Teacher of the Year at a ceremony held at the State House on Thursday, May 9. He was presented … Continue reading Franklin County Teacher of the Year Visits State House

New Sharon Students Visit State Capitol

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUSTA – Students from Cape Cod Hill School in New Sharon served as honorary pages in the Maine Senate on Tuesday, May 7. During their visit they met with their state senator, Russell Black (R-Franklin). The honorary page program provides an … Continue reading New Sharon Students Visit State Capitol

Wilton Reverend Opens Maine Senate with Prayer

Contact: Krysta West Communications Director Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505 krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rev. David Smith, Sally Smith, Sen. Russell Black AUGUSTA – Reverend David Smith and Sally Smith of Wilton visited the Maine Senate on Tuesday, April 30. Rev. Smith, who serves the congregation of the First Congregational Church in Wilton, served as … Continue reading Wilton Reverend Opens Maine Senate with Prayer