Rep. Ellie Espling In the News
June 17, 2013
AUGUSTA - The Maine House of Representatives voted Monday in favor of yet another fee increase measure. The bill, LD 1263, imposes a 13 percent increase on resident snowmobile registration fees with a $5 hike, from $40 to $45. This fee hike comes on the heels of Democrat-led increases to ATV registration fees, registry of deeds fees, and municipal agent fees for passenger vehicle registrations.
"We all want to make sure the trails are properly groomed," said Assistant House Republican Le...
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 ...
August 7, 2012
AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ellie Espling recently completed the Emerging Leaders Program, a nationally renowned symposium held annually at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. She was one of 50 state legislators accepted for the program from a pool of more than 200 nominees from across the country.
Rep. Espling (R-New Gloucester), a first-term legislator, serves on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. House Speaker Robert Nutting nominated her for the program, which is ...
July 12, 2012
AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ellie Espling, a first-term legislator from New Gloucester, compiled a perfect voting record in the 125th Legislature, voting on 100 percent of all 369 roll call votes held in the Maine House during the 117 days it was in session. Fewer than 20 of the 151 House members registered perfect scores.
"This was a very ambitious session," Rep. Espling said. "When we came into office two years ago, the state had some major problems that should have been addressed by previous Le...
April 2, 2012
Moose lottery reforms reward repeated attempts
By Rep. Ellie Espling
You've heard it said over and over again, "I have been applying for a moose permit for years and never gotten one, while the kid down the road got one on his first try." Or you might have heard this one: "My buddy got drawn for a moose permit for the third time, and I have never been drawn even once."
Not everyone is into moose hunting, of course. The moose lottery might not be foremost in your thoughts. Howeve...
November 30, 2011
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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...
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...
February 7, 2011
By Rep. Eleanor Espling
In running for the Legislature last year, I campaigned on the need to reduce Maine's state debt, which has now reached $12.7 billion. One of the largest pieces of that debt is $4.3 billion owed to the system that pays pensions to teachers and state employees. As someone more accustomed to dealing with my household budget, such huge sums of money are hard to imagine. But what is easy to imagine is that paying off this enormous debt could squeeze out other state respon...
January 20, 2011
AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ellie Espling has been appointed to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, putting her in position to shape legislation on a range of issues, from snowmobiles to hunter safety.
"I'm very pleased to be selected for this committee," said Rep. Espling (R-New Gloucester). "I am a native Mainer and my relatives have enjoyed the outdoors for generations while hunting, fishing and trapping. I look forward to working towards solutions to the issues surro...