Legislation to increase nursing home funding earns unanimous committee support

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine’s nursing and long-term care facilities have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their residents and our loved ones. In the most difficult and unrelenting conditions, they continued to provide quality, compassionate and personal care to their residents, finding creative ways to connect residents with their family members. Now, Maine lawmakers must show the same commitment to our nursing homes and the hardworking professionals who work there.

Pres. Jackson releases statement on new COVID-19 guidelines

From day one of the COVID-19 pandemic, our number one goal has been to protect the health and safety of Maine people, and save lives. The plan was always to return to the State House when it was safe for everyone — the public, members of the press, legislative staff, and lawmakers. With today’s announcement, we are looking forward to working with our colleagues to review the new guidelines and finalize plans to eventually reopen the State House.

President Jackson, Speaker Fecteau make case for COVID-19 Bill of Rights at public hearing

For more than 11 months, Mainers have hunkered down, worn their masks and done everything they can to keep their families and loved ones safe, all while experiencing extraordinary hardship. Now that we have two COVID-19 vaccines approved, the end is in sight and Mainers are anxiously waiting to get vaccinated and get their lives back. The COVID-19 Patient Bill of Rights will bring us closer to a world where we can hug our loved ones, a world where we can gather with friends in celebration or in sorrow and a world where we can simply be together in-person again. It marks the first step towards rebuilding our state and economy.

Pres. Jackson honors the life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today our nation honors the life, legacy and lessons of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King knew all too well the ways in which our country fell short and the people our country left behind. Yet, he believed our country could someday live up to the ideals we supposedly hold dear. He believed in the ability of all people, especially those who face injustice and oppression, to lead our country closer to the ideals we celebrate.

Pres. Jackson releases statement on renewed COVID-19 safety protocols

AUGUSTA – Yesterday, Maine’s Legislative Council renewed an existing policy to protect the health and safety of legislators, legislative staff and others amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy was first passed in July of 2020 by the 129th Legislative Council and required renewal to be effective in the 130th Legislative session. The policy requires face […]

Pres. Jackson releases statement on Gov. Mills’ quarantine

AUGUSTA – Today, Gov. Janet T. Mills announced that out of caution she would quarantine after a possible exposure to COVID-19. The governor was slated to swear-in members of the 130th Maine Legislature tomorrow at the Augusta Civic Center. Maine lawmakers will now be sworn in by Hon. Andrew M. Mead, Acting Chief Justice of […]

Pres. Jackson releases statement as Supreme Court takes up ACA case

Right now, the United States is grappling with an unprecedented public health crisis that has left more than 200,000 Americans dead, left thousands with preexisting conditions and possible future health complications, left our economy struggling and left millions without jobs. The stakes couldn’t be higher. It’s why the ongoing effort to take health care away from millions of Americans and thousands of Mainers is so unbelievably cruel.

Legislative Council updates and adopts new COVID-19 safety protocols

Maine’s Legislative Council adopted a new policy to protect the health and safety of legislators, legislative staff and others amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy expands upon the previous policy requiring face coverings and adds new safety protocols for legislators, legislative staff and essential third parties whose work brings them to the State House.