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Rep. James Gillway In the News

Republicans Rally for Welfare Reform

April 7, 2014

AUGUSTA - Maine House and Senate Republican lawmakers on Friday afternoon rallied outside the State House to urge their Democratic colleagues to listen to their constituents and pass comprehensive welfare reform. They shared their own stories and those of their constituents regarding welfare abuse in Maine.

"As a town manager and a former police officer, I have a pretty good finger on the pulse of my community," said Rep. James Gillway (R-Searsport), sponsor of LD 1842, which eliminates ex...

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Fredette, LePage Roll Out Welfare Reform Bills

March 24, 2014

AUGUSTA - House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport on Monday morning joined Governor Paul LePage, Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Mary Mayhew, and Mayor Bob MacDonald of Lewiston in introducing four bills designed to reform Maine's welfare system.

Rep. Fredette introduced bills to require job-ready welfare applicants to apply for three jobs and to eliminate exceptions to work search requirements last fall, but Democratic leadership blocked them fro...

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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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Rep. James Gillway posts excellent voting record in 125th Legislature

July 11, 2012

AUGUSTA - State Rep. James Gillway, a first-term legislator from Searsport, compiled one of the best voting records in the 125th Legislature, voting on 97.6 percent of all roll call votes held in the Maine House during the 117 days it was in session.

Over the course of the legislative term, members dealt with 2,049 bills. Seven hundred of them became law, ranging from large bills, such as the state budget, to minor technical changes. Many bills are voted unanimously to either pass or fail ...

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Gillway column on Legislature's transportation highlights

June 11, 2012

To the Republican Journal

Tougher penalties for dangerous teenage drivers, the elimination of automatic fuel tax increases and similar reforms set the tone for the Transportation Committee in the 125th Legislature. Let's review some of the transportation highlights from the two-year term.

*Automatic indexing of fuel taxes - The state's biennial general fund budget, passed in 2011, abolished the annual increase of the fuel tax, which formerly was added to the hundreds of millions of dol...

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Rep. Gillway: Transportation goals achieved in 125th Legislature

June 4, 2012

To The Republican Journal

Fuel tax and teen driving laws marked transportation agenda

By Rep. James Gillway

Tougher penalties for dangerous teenage drivers, the elimination of automatic fuel tax increases and similar reforms set the tone for the Transportation Committee in the 125th Legislature. Let's review some of the transportation highlights from the two-year term.

*Automatic indexing of fuel taxes - The state's biennial general fund budget, passed in 2011, abolished the ...

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Rep. Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

November 30, 2011

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November 21, 2011

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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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Rep. James Gillway Draws Dual Committee Assignments

February 8, 2011

AUGUSTA -- State Rep. James Gillway has been assigned an unusually heavy workload for a first-term legislator. He is serving on two high-profile policy panels - the Committee on Transportation and the State and Local Government Committee.

"Serving on two committees will make for a very busy session, and I'm honored to be on both," said Rep. Gillway (R-Searsport). "Transportation was one of my top choices, and as the Searsport town manager I have a strong interest in local government issues....

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