Presiding Officers thank Wabanaki Chiefs following moving State of the Tribes Address

I want to thank Chief Sabattis, Chief Newell, Chief Francis, Chief Peter Paul and Chief Nicholas for graciously accepting the invitation to address a Joint Convention of the Maine Legislature and for sharing their powerful words with us today. The way we forge a stronger, more resilient relationship between our governments starts with listening, and that is something the state has certainly not done enough of throughout our 200-year history.

Presiding Officers announce public hearing on Emergency Winter Energy Relief

Today, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross, D-Portland, announced temporary appointments to the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee for the purpose of holding a public hearing on the proposed Winter Emergency Energy Relief package. A public hearing has been scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 21.

Jackson, legislative leaders raise alarm over uptick in hate crimes

If this isn’t who we are as Mainers, then we must prove it by coming together and putting an end to this violence driven by racism, homophobia and antisemitism. If we believe that all Mainers deserve to feel safe and respected in their homes, in their workplaces and in their communities, then we must make that a reality. As legislative leaders, we believe in the kindness and strength of Maine people to step up and make that happen.

Legislators and Permanent Commission to identify existing bills to combat racial disparities, create Task Force to recommend new legislation

AUGUSTA – Yesterday, Reps. Craig Hickman and Rachel Talbot Ross invited fellow legislators to join them and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations in an effort to identify existing bills before the 129th Legislature that would make an impact combating racial disparities. The group will make recommendations to […]