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Rep. Russell Black In the News

Military Recruiter Bills Spark Fiery Debate in Maine House

June 4, 2013

AUGUSTA - The House on Tuesday took up two bills concerning military recruiters in public schools. The first, LD 1502, requires that public high schools allow recruiters to administer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to students who elect to take it. Under the bill, recruiters, not school staff, would take the time to administer the test, which would remain voluntary for the students.

That bill was rejected mostly along party lines, 74-68. Majority Democrats ...

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LURC Reform Bill Advances in Legislature

March 5, 2012

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March 5, 2012

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Jay Finegan, 287-1445

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AUGUSTA -The Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF) Committee voted March 1 to send an amended bill to reform the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) to the full Legislature for consideration. The vote comes after almost a year of deliberation, study and negotiation.

Last spring, the Legislature formed a nonpartisan committee of land owners, local...

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Rep. Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

November 30, 2011

House Republican Office

November 21, 2011

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Jay Finegan, 287-1445

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Ray Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ray Wallace was sworn into office today by Governor Paul LePage after winning a special election to fill a vacant seat in House District 24.

Rep. Wallace (R-Dexter) said he was motivated to run for office by the reform agenda championed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate...

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Health insurance reform clears initial hurdle in Maine House

May 5, 2011

AUGUSTA - Landmark legislation to revamp Maine's health insurance market cleared a critical hurdle today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 76-72. The measure, designed to generate more competition and bring rates closer to national norms, now moves to the Senate. Final enactment votes in both bodies could come as early as next week.

"The people of our state are the winners today," said House Speaker Robert Nutting. "For years, reasonable proposals to fix a dysfunctional health insur...

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Changes in store for Maine's welfare system

March 15, 2011

By Rep. Russell Black

While much of the country is focused on the NCAA basketball tournament, Augusta is focused on the state budget. Legislative committees are scrutinizing their sections of Governor LePage's spending proposal for the next two years. Besides calling for $6.1 billion in General Fund appropriations, his plan makes policy changes in some important areas.

One such area is Maine's welfare system. You may recall that when the governor was running for office, welfare reform was o...

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Rep. Russell Black takes post on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee

January 31, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Representative Russell Black has been appointed to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, a high-profile assignment for a first term legislator. This position will give him an influential voice on a range of important issues from food safety and pesticides to farm land preservation and land for Maine's future.

"I am very pleased to be on this committee." said Rep. Black (R-Wilton), one of only two full-time farmers in the Legislature. "This was my first c...

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