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    Speaker Eves' Inaugural Address

    Speaker Eves’ Inaugural Address

    Watch Mark Eves, Speaker of the House on PBS. See more from Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks. Pursuant to House Rule 201, it is my honor to address the House. Good morning and welcome members of the 126th Maine Legislature, families, and guests. I am truly humbled to stand before...
    Speaker Eves on Maine Watch

    Speaker Eves on Maine Watch

    House Speaker Mark Eves is joined by Representative Ken Fredette, Senate President Justin Alfond and Senator Michael Thibodeau on Maine Watch to discuss the upcoming legislative session. Watch New Legislative Session on PBS. See more from Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks.
    Eves elected as 101st Maine Speaker

    Eves elected as 101st Maine Speaker

    AUGUSTA – Rep. Mark Eves, 35, D-North Berwick today was formally sworn-in as the 101st Speaker of the Maine House during the swearing-in ceremony of the 126th Legislature.  Eves was elected in a unanimous vote. Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston and Republican minority leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport both gave nomination speeches...
    Eves vows to be voice of the people

    Eves vows to be voice of the people

    AUGUSTA, Maine — “My world has definitely changed,” said Democratic state Rep. Mark Eves with a laugh, as he talked about the “wild, wild” time he’s had since being chosen the next speaker of the House last week. The North Berwick family therapist and two-term legislator was chosen by his...
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Maine House wraps up work

    Augusta —  Measures to strengthen the economy, improve access to health care and education and protect natural resources marked the second regular session of the 126th Legislature that wrapped up Thursday night. Democrats and Republicans worked collaboratively to accomplish many of these key goals despite the obstructionism and mismanagement by Gov. Paul LePage, who refused...

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Legislature passes $50 million bond plan

    AUGUSTA —  The Legislature on Thursday passed a $50 million bond plan to boost job creation by small businesses and invest in key sectors of the state’s economy and clean water infrastructure. “Democrats and Republicans came together to make critical investments in our economy,” said Speaker of the House Mark Eves of North Berwick. “This...

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bill to Boost Property Tax Credit to Become Law

    AUGUSTA —  A measure that would bolster the state’s property tax fairness credit for Maine families will become law. Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday signed the bill, LD 1751, which would double property tax credits for low and middle income residents and seniors. “This is fantastic news for Maine families struggling to keep up with...

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Hampshire Style Private Option for Medicaid Expansion Wins Approval

    AUGUSTA — In a vote of 95 to 52, the Maine House backed a version of the New Hampshire style “private option” plan to expand life-saving health care to 70,000 Maine people under the Affordable Care Act. Four Republicans joined Democrats to support the proposal. “I propose this in good conscience and in good faith...

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: House Speaker Offers “Private Option” Compromise on Life-Saving Health Care for Maine People

    AUGUSTA — Speaker of the House Mark Eves will offer a final compromise on his bill to accept federal funds to provide life-saving health care to 70,000 Maine people, including 2,700 veterans. “This proposal is dramatically different from the prior effort to expand health care to Maine people,” said Eves of North Berwick. “I propose...

    Bill to Boost Property Tax Credit Gets Final Approval

    AUGUSTA —  A measure that would bolster the state’s property tax fairness credit for Maine families will be sent to the Governor for his signature. The Maine Senate on Wednesday night gave final approval to the bill, LD 1751, which would double property tax credits for low and middle income residents and seniors. “This is...

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lawmakers reach agreement on $50 million bond plan

    AUGUSTA —  Lawmakers on Wednesday reached an agreement on a $50 million plan to boost job creation by small businesses and invest in key sectors of the state’s economy and clean water infrastructure. “Democrats and Republicans came together to make critical investments in our economy,” said Speaker of the House Mark Eves of North Berwick....

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Maine House approves Senator Jackson’s health care expansion bill

    AUGUSTA–In a vote of 94 to 48, the House gave initial approval to a measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash to accept federal funds to provide healthcare coverage to nearly 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans. “Democrats will continue to stand up for life-saving health care for the people of Maine, ”...

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Maine House approves bipartisan funding bill

    Budget eliminates and reduces DHHS wait lists for people with disabilities, ups reimbursements for struggling nursing homes AUGUSTA –  In a vote of 136 to 8, the Maine House gave final approval to a $32 million budget that would provide critical funds to people with disabilities and help struggling nursing homes in rural areas. “This...

    Maine House Deals Final Blow to LePage’s Election Year Corporate Tax Give-Away Bill

    AUGUSTA – In a vote of 91 to 55, the Maine House defeated Governor Paul LePage’s election-year corporate tax giveaway bill that would undercut Maine workers’ rights to collectively bargain. “This is the wrong tool for economic development in our state,” said Rep. Erin Herbig of Belfast, the House Chair of the Labor, Commerce, Research...

    Dems: LePage’s ideological veto hurts Maine people, economy

    AUGUSTA —  Top Democrats in the Legislature on Wednesday called Governor Paul LePage’s ideological veto of a bipartisan plan to expand life-saving health care to 70,000 Mainers harmful to Maine people and the economy.   The veto comes on the heels of a bipartisan budget proposal that funds DHHS wait list services for people with...

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Budget panel endorses bipartisan funding bill

    AUGUSTA – Early Wednesday morning, lawmakers on the state’s budget-writing panel unanimously endorsed a roughly $30 million budget proposal. The funding measure closes a MaineCare shortfall in fiscal year 2015, while also funding $5 million for services for people with disabilities on the DHHS wait lists and $5 million in additional reimbursement for Maine’s struggling...