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Governor signs Jackson bill to improve transparency in prescription coverage

AUGUSTA – A bill from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, that seeks to improve transparency in prescription drug coverage, was signed into law by Governor Janet T. Mills last week. The new law – LD 2114, Resolve, Directing the Superintendent of Insurance to Collect Data from Health Insurers Related to Prescription Drug Coverage of Generic Drugs and Biosimilars – will shine a light on how health care plans cover generic drugs and

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Governor signs Jackson bill to improve access to opioid alternatives

AUGUSTA – A bill from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, that seeks to improve patient access to new non-opioid pain relievers, was signed into law by Governor Janet T. Mills on Monday. The new law – LD 2096, “An Act to Ensure Access to Nonopioid, Nonnarcotic Medication for Acute Pain Relief” – will require state-regulated health insurance plans to have a plan in place to provide adequate coverage of a broad spectrum

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Troy speaks at lectern while person holds giant copy of a joint resolution up behind him

President Jackson criticizes USPS decision to move some Hampden mail processing operations to Scarborough

AUGUSTA – Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, released the following statement in response to the decision by the U.S. Postal Service to move some of the processing operations from Hampden to the Southern Maine Processing and Distribution Center in Scarborough:  “The decision by the USPS to move some of the mail processing operations from Hampden to Scarborough – more than 100 miles south – is a travesty. It is a

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Jackson bill to protect patients from predatory medical credit card practices clears Senate with bipartisan support

AUGUSTA – A bill from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to better protect patients from predatory medical credit card practices cleared the Maine Senate with bipartisan support this morning. The vote was 24-10. “When it comes to health care, there’s a lot on the line. Patients shouldn’t have to worry about being taken advantage of by predatory credit card companies while they are recovering from surgery, nor should they have to

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Troy speaks on the Senate floor wearing an American flag tie

Buy American and Build Maine Act clears the Senate on initial votes

AUGUSTA – Today, the Maine Senate approved legislation from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to establish the Buy American and Build Maine Act in a vote of 22-12. LD 1983, “An Act to Establish the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act” would give preference to Maine-based businesses, workers and American manufacturing when the state awards procurement contracts.  “The Buy American and Build Maine Act isn’t about providing photo ops for politicians,

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The Senate chamber viewed from above

Maine Senate calls on VA to acknowledge exposure to harmful chemicals at Gagetown, provide care for affected National Guard members 

AUGUSTA – On Wednesday, the Maine Senate unanimously approved a Joint Resolution to petition the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to acknowledge and provide benefits to members of the Maine National Guard exposed to harmful chemicals at the Canadian military support base in Gagetown, New Brunswick. The Joint Resolution, sponsored by Sen. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, is the first in a series of recommendations put forward by the Legislature’s Gagetown Harmful Chemical Study Commission.

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Senate gives initial approval to bill creating a law enforcement stakeholder group

The bill from Senate President Troy Jackson seeks to address recruitment and retention challenges in law enforcement AUGUSTA — Today, the Maine Senate unanimously approved a bill from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, that would create a law enforcement stakeholder group to address recruitment and retention challenges.  LD 2094, Resolve to require the establishment of a stakeholder group to examine and improve the recruitment, retention and wellness of law enforcement officers received strong

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Troy testifies in front of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee

Committee unanimously endorses bill championed by Jackson to implement Gagetown recommendations, reestablish harmful chemical study commission

AUGUSTA – On Wednesday, members of the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs unanimously voted in favor of a bill to implement the recommendations from the Gagetown Harmful Chemical Studies Commission which was chaired by Senate President Jackson, D-Allagash, immediately following the public hearing. The bill – LD 2274, “An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Gagetown Harmful Chemical Study Commission and to Reestablish the Gagetown Harmful Chemical

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Troy at podium with sign reading "Consumers for Affordable Health Care"

Senate to vote on Jackson bill targeting predatory medical credit card practices

AUGUSTA – On Tuesday, the Legislature’s Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee reconsidered legislation from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to better protect patients from predatory medical credit card practices. The final vote was 6-7, with a narrow minority recommending the passage of the amended legislation. “When it comes to health care, there’s a lot on the line. Patients shouldn’t have to worry about being taken advantage of by

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President Jackson’s bill to fund Maine Veterans’ Homes clears Senate on initial vote

AUGUSTA – Last Wednesday, the Maine Senate unanimously approved legislation from Senate President Troy Jackson that would improve funding for Maine Veterans’ Homes. LD 2217, “Resolve, to Require the Department of Health and Human Services to Amend Its MaineCare Reimbursement Rules to Provide Reimbursement to Veterans’ Facilities on a Per Resident Basis” would increase funding for Maine Veterans’ Homes and make that funding ongoing. “One time payouts will not work. Our Veterans need

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President Jackson’s bill to support Maine School of Science and Mathematics clears Senate on initial vote

AUGUSTA – Today, the Maine Senate unanimously approved legislation from Senate President Troy Jackson to increase funding for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone. LD 2118, “An Act to Provide Funding to the Maine School of Science and Mathematics” would provide ongoing funding to the renowned public, residential high school located in rural Maine to meet operational expenses and provide financial support to in-state students who demonstrate the need

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Hadlock Field in the evening

Committee endorses Jackson bill to keep Portland Sea Dogs in Maine

The bill establishes a tax credit to help make city-owned Hadlock Field ADA accessible, support good-paying jobs and incentivize millions in capital investment  AUGUSTA – On Tuesday, the Legislature’s Taxation Committee endorsed a modest tax credit sponsored by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to support upgrades to city-owned Hadlock Field and keep the Portland Sea Dogs in Maine. The vote was 8-4 with strong bipartisan support. “Baseball is often celebrated as America’s

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President Jackson’s Buy American and Build Maine Act clears committee along party lines

AUGUSTA – Last week, the Legislature’s State and Local Government endorsed a proposal from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to establish the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act.  LD 1983, “An Act to Establish the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act” would give preference to Maine-based businesses, workers and American manufacturing when the state awards procurement contracts. The vote was 7-4 and fell along party lines. “If the state is going to

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President Jackson photographed with child care providers at Youth and Family Outreach in Portland

Jackson bill to support child care providers clears committee with unanimous support

AUGUSTA – Last week, the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved Legislation from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to support child care providers. The amended proposal, LD 2199, “An Act to Ensure Subsidy Reimbursements and Emergency Financial Assistance for Certain Child Care Providers” would improve the child care affordability program to align payment practices with industry standards. “Child care is essential for working families, employers and our economy. Yet, most

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Troy speaks to workers gathered at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Committee advances Jackson bill to support Maine state and federal workers during a prolonged government shutdown

AUGUSTA – On Wednesday, the Maine Legislature’s Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee advanced a bill from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to support state and federal workers during prolonged government shutdowns. The vote was 7-4 with Republican committee members voting against the proposal.  “When a federal shutdown occurs, the federal workers living in our state are in dire need of our help,” said President Jackson. “We may not be able

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