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Jackson celebrates County residents inducted into the Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame

AUGUSTA — Today, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, celebrated the induction of two Aroostook County residents into the State of Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame. Honorees included Dr. Fern Desjardins of St. Agatha and Cathie Pelletier of Allagash.  “I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Fern Desjardins of St. Agatha and Cathie Pelletier of Allagash on their induction to the Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame! Dr. Desjardins’ 43-year

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Troy signs legislation in his office

Legislature sends bill to improve access treatment programs to the Governor’s desk

The measure is part of an ongoing effort to establish a treatment and recovery court in Aroostook County AUGUSTA – On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Maine Senate sent an amended proposal from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, that would improve access to treatment and recovery programs available through the courts, to the Governor’s desk. The measure is part of an ongoing effort to establish a treatment and recovery court in

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Senate sends Jackson bill to improve reporting of child abuse to the Governor’s Desk

AUGUSTA – On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Maine Senate unanimously voted to send legislation from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, that would improve the reporting of child abuse and in situations where multiple government agencies have jurisdiction, to the Governor’s desk. “This is a simple, commonsense bill that closes gaps in our laws to keep kids safe. It requires state and military authorities to share information to reduce the likelihood

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Committee unanimously approves Jackson bill to fund the Maine Veterans’ Homes

AUGUSTA – A bill from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to provide funding to the Maine Veterans’ Homes in the midst of a growing financial crisis faced by the organization was unanimously approved by the Legislature’s Veteran and Legal Affairs Committee last week immediately following the public hearing. The bill – LD 2217, “An Act to Strengthen Maine Veterans’ Homes with Increased and Ongoing Funding” – will now go before the full Legislature for additional votes in

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President Jackson releases statement on the impending closure of the Presque Isle Rehab & Nursing Center

AUGUSTA – Late last week, the Presque Isle Rehab and Nursing Center notified staff, residents and families that the long-term care facility plans to close June 30. The closure will affect 120 employees, 49 residents and their families. According to reports, the assisted living facility located on the premises will remain operational as will the sister long-term care facility located in Caribou.  Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, released the following statement

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Troy and legislative leaders at a press briefing

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

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 Sen. Anne Carney of Cape Elizabeth that seek to build a safer Maine in response

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President Jackson introduces bill to support child care providers

AUGUSTA – On Tuesday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, introduced legislation to support child care providers at a public hearing before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. LD 2199, “An Act to Ensure Subsidy Reimbursements and Emergency Financial Assistance for Certain Child Care Providers” would improve the child care affordability program and establish an emergency fund to help providers remain open and caring for Maine kids. “Maine’s child care affordability program

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Gagetown Commission urges VA to support guardsmen harmed by chemical exposure, calls for additional environmental and health studies

The group of lawmakers, former servicemembers and stakeholders also recommended that the Legislature re-establish the study commission to continue this important work.  AUGUSTA – On Thursday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and Rep. Ron Russell, D-Verona Island, presented the final report from the Gagetown Harmful Chemical Study Commission to the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. The Commission concluded that the federal government is failing to support members of the National

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President Jackson introduces legislation to increase funding for Maine School of Science and Mathematics

AUGUSTA – Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, introduced legislation to increase funding for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics at public hearing before the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on Tuesday. “Maine School of Science and Mathematics is an asset to our state. It offers an affordable high-quality STEM education that benefits students and families today, and our workforce and economy tomorrow,” said President Jackson. “By providing a modest increase in

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Committee Unanimously approves Jackson bill to improve child abuse reporting

AUGUSTA – On Wednesday, the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee endorsed a bill from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, to improve the reporting of child abuse and neglect in situations where multiple government agencies have jurisdiction. The vote was unanimous of members present. “Every child deserves to grow up in a healthy and safe environment. However, gaps in our laws leave children that live in military installations with more

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Senate President Jackson shares MaineDOT 2024 work plan for state bridge and road projects

AUGUSTA – Senate President Jackson, D-Allagash, is pleased to announce the details of Maine’s three-year transportation infrastructure work plan, and what it means for Senate District 1. The plan is released annually with an outline of the Maine Department of Transportation’s strategy for road, bridge and other transportation upgrades and maintenance projects. “The maintenance and upkeep of our roads, bridges and other public infrastructure is critical for everyday folks to get where

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President Jackson honored with Community Health Center Champion Award

Heather Pelletier of Fish River Rural Health Center presented President Jackson with the award at the Maine Primary Care Association’s 2024 Legislative Breakfast AUGUSTA – Today, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, was honored by the Maine Primary Care Association’s Community Health Center Champion Award for his work to lower health care costs, improve access to preventive care and support community health centers across the state. Heather Pelletier, Executive Director of Fish River

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Judiciary committee unanimously advances Jackson measure to improve access to substance use disorder treatment programs 

AUGUSTA – An amended proposal from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, which seeks to improve access to treatment and recovery programs available through the courts, earned unanimous support from the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The measure is part of an ongoing effort to establish a treatment and recovery court in Aroostook County. “A treatment and recovery court is desperately needed in Aroostook County. The opioid epidemic has devastated families

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President Jackson proposes legislation to repair Loring Arch Hangar

AUGUSTA – On Tuesday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, introduced legislation in an effort to preserve and repair the historic Loring Arch Hangar at the former Air Force base in Limestone. LD 1998, “An Act to Transfer the Arch Hangar at the Former Loring Air Force Base to the Loring Air Museum,” proposes transferring the ownership of the rapidly deteriorating Arch Hangar to a local nonprofit in an effort to

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Pres. Jackson introduces legislation to protect Loring jobs, support economic opportunity in Limestone 

AUGUSTA – On Tuesday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, introduced legislation to increase and extend a tax break for the Loring Development Authority to protect jobs at the former air force base, attract new economic opportunities and alleviate pressure on the residents of Limestone. The proposal – LD 1981, “An Act to Extend and Expand the Loring Job Increment Financing Fund” – was the subject of a public hearing before the

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