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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
AUGUSTA – On Friday, Governor Janet Mills signed into law legislation from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, creating the Gagetown Harmful Chemical Study Commission. The Commission is tasked with studying the impacts of exposure to harmful chemicals during National Guard service at the Gagetown Air Base in New Brunswick, Canada. “I’m thrilled that this long […]
President Jackson delivers commencement address at Maine School of Science and Mathematics Graduation Ceremony
AUGUSTA – Last week, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, delivered the commencement address to the 33 graduates, their families and faculty members at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone. “The pathway from working in the Maine woods to presiding over the Maine Senate is anything but linear. In fact, if someone had […]
AUGUSTA – On Monday, Legislation from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to establish the Gagetown Harmful Chemical Study Commission, cleared the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee along party lines. LD 1597, “Resolve, to Establish the Gagetown Harmful Chemical Study Commission” would study the impacts of exposure to harmful chemicals on veterans and former National Guard members […]
President Jackson introduces legislation to bring a drug treatment and recovery court to Aroostook County
“If we are serious about combating the opioid epidemic and helping Mainers get their lives back on track, we need to use every tool available. Establishing a treatment and recovery court in Aroostook County is essential to this work.
The current jail in Caribou increasingly serves as a holding facility for the entire region, and the size and state of the building do not adequately support this work. A new jail will better support local and regional law enforcement in northern Aroostook County and ensure that justice can be served.
It’s hard to put into words what these funding cuts would mean for folks who need this care or have loved ones who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The closest alternative option is in Bangor — more than four hours away. Ensuring that in-patient psychiatric care remains in Fort Kent is vital to the health and well-being of families in a region where access to care is already limited. This bill would allow Northern Maine Medical Center to continue providing critical care to folks experiencing a mental health crisis.
“It was great to have the Scouts from Troop 193 in the Senate Chamber this week. They were a great group. I’m grateful to their Scout Leaders, especially Kathie Beaulieu, who helped make possible the long trip down from The County that morning,” said President Jackson. “I know the kids all had an early wake-up call, but they did a great job helping run the Chamber during the legislative session.”