Democratic Legislative Leaders release a suite of legislation to reduce gun violence, bolster public health and improve public safety

Troy and legislative leaders at a press briefing

AUGUSTA – On Wednesday, Senate President Troy Jackson of Allagash, House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross of Portland, and members of Democratic Legislative Leadership released a comprehensive suite of legislation designed to reduce gun violence and bolster public health. The suite of legislation includes three measures from Speaker Talbot Ross, Sen. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston and […]

Pres. Jackson honors Mapleton resident named Forest Service Employee of the Year

AUGUSTA – On Friday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, honored Ranger Carson Hartman of Mapleton with a legislative sentiment for being named 2022 Employee of the Year from the Forest Protection Division of the Maine Forest Service.  “At a time when wildfires and other natural disasters have become more prevalent in neighboring states and provinces, […]

Pres. Jackson celebrates Franco-American heritage following UMaine lecture

President Jackson (second from right) reflects on discrimination experienced by Maine Acadians in the St. John Valley. ORONO — Last week, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, reflected upon the St. John Valley’s Acadian heritage at a roundtable led by Dr. Susan Pinette, a professor of modern language and director of the Franco-American Programs at the […]

Pres. Jackson names Caribou resident to CTE Task Force

AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, has named David Keaton of Caribou to a task force established by the Legislature to study the creation of a comprehensive career and technical education program.  “If we are serious about equipping students with the skills and experience to pursue good-paying jobs after high school, lawmakers need to […]

Presiding Officers condemn violence in Bowdoin, Yarmouth

AUGUSTA — On Wednesday, Maine State Police released an update on the investigation into the violence that took place in Bowdoin and Yarmouth that left four Mainers dead and three injured. The Presiding Officers issued the following statement in response:   “Our state remains sick with grief over the senseless tragedy that claimed the lives […]

President Jackson celebrates Maine Cultural Heritage Week

AUGUSTA– On Wednesday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, joined the Cultural Alliance of Maine to celebrate the cultural organizations, institutions and resources that bring communities together across the state. The event was a part of the group’s inaugural Maine Cultural Heritage Week.  “Where I’m from, this idea of losing the art and culture of your […]

Pres. Jackson testifies in favor of legislation looking to connect I-95 to the St. John Valley

The state made a promise to connect the state from Kittery to Fort Kent, uniting the northern and southern parts of the state with the Maine highway system. Decades later, that promise remains unfulfilled today with I-95 stopping in Houlton, about 100 miles or two hours short of its planned destination,” said President Jackson. “After all these years, the people, businesses and communities in northern and central Aroostook County are the ones who continue to pay the price for this unfinished project.

Pres. Jackson introduces bill to permit the use of courthouse facility dogs

“This legislation is intended to offer some comfort and solace to individuals, especially children, dealing with the criminal justice system in the aftermath of a traumatic event,” said President Jackson. “Thank you to DA Collins for bringing this idea forward and looking for innovative ways to make our criminal justice system more accessible.”

Pres. Jackson announces Senate Committee Assignments

AUGUSTA — Today, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, announced Senate committee assignments for the 131st Maine Legislature. There are 17 joint-standing committees, a new Joint Select Committee on Housing, the Government Oversight Committee, and several Senate standing committees.  Lawmakers are assigned to legislative committees by the presiding officers based on their interest, experience, professional background or […]

Jackson secures commitment for improved cell service in Eagle Lake

For years, I’ve been working to improve cell service in the Valley so folks can connect with loved ones, work remotely, conduct business and most importantly, call for help when they need it most. I’m thrilled we were able to strike a deal to construct a new cell phone tower for the residents and first responders of Eagle Lake. Make no mistake, this is what happens when a community comes together and advocates for what they deserve. Thank you to everyone who worked with me to make this project a reality.