Rep. Larry Lockman In the News
March 27, 2014
AUGUSTA - Maine House Republicans spoke out strongly against LD 1710, a Democrat-sponsored bill that would crush a major sector of Maine's economy and an increasingly-prolific provider of good jobs. The measure passed its initial vote in the House, 78-63, with bipartisan opposition.
The bill would impose massive fines and grant claw-back provisions on call centers that move any operations out of the state. These investment-prohibitive measures would likely prevent any new call center jobs...
March 24, 2014
AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee on Monday afternoon held a public hearing on LD 1835, Governor Paul Lepage's proposal to create "Open for Business Zones" that offer tax incentives, reduced energy costs, right-to-work, and training programs to attract large employers to Maine.
"This is a bold and innovative proposal to bring lots of well-paying jobs to Maine, and I think Mainers would agree that it's time to give ambit...
February 11, 2014
AUGUSTA - The Maine House of Representatives on Tuesday took up LD 1762, the bill that forestalls $40 million in revenue sharing cuts with a $21 million raid on the rainy day fund, a $4 million sweep of the income tax relief fund, and $15 million in revenue surpluses.
Republican lawmakers offered floor amendments to provide structural alternatives to the budget gap that would not jeopardize the state's credit rating or shut the door on future tax relief.
House Republican Leader Ken...
February 7, 2014
AUGUSTA - Maine House Republicans on Friday panned an anti-jobs bill that targets call centers in the state and had its public hearing before the legislature's Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee Thursday.
The bill, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson (D-Allagash) would inflict a virtual "death sentence" on businesses who move some operations out of state, revoking all state tax incentives and grants retroactively. Both the Maine Chamber of...
January 31, 2014
AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee on Thursday afternoon voted against a vital job creation bill on party lines. Democrats on the committee voted against, and all five Republicans voted for, a bill that would extend the availability of Tier 2 Pine Tree Development Zone business tax credits through 2018.
"Today's vote was a big surprise because the bill was introduced by Democrats with bipartisan support," said Rep. Amy ...
December 30, 2013
AUGUSTA - The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP), a liberal think tank, has posted a job opening for a new policy analyst, and recent columns by Amherst Republican Lawrence Lockman appear to be a big factor in their hiring decision.
As part of the application process, the center asks applicants to write a rebuttal to one of Rep. Lockman's recent op-eds about the downsides to Medicaid expansion.
"To be considered," reads the job posting, "applicants must submit a sample blog pos...
November 22, 2013
AUGUSTA - Lawmakers on the Legislature's Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee on Friday said they were not surprised by the Department of Labor's news that Maine's unemployment rate is at a post-recession low of 6.7 percentsix points below the national average.
The committee handles all legislation relating to the Department of Labor and various state boards and agencies, such as those overseeing labor relations, workers' compensation, unemployment insuranc...
November 12, 2013
AUGUSTA - State Representative Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) has submitted the necessary paperwork to appeal legislative leadership's October 30 decision to put off his boat ramp safety bill until a non-emergency session of the legislature.
In July, two women accidentally drove their minivan down a boat ramp and into the ocean on a foggy night. The road abruptly ended at the ramp and lacked adequate signage or lighting. Both women drowned in the tragic incident.
Rep. Lockman's bill ...
October 22, 2013
AUGUSTA - State Representative Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) has introduced a bill that he hopes will prevent another tragedy such as what happened at Roque Bluffs this past summer.
In July, two women, one of them pregnant, accidentally drove their minivan down a boat ramp and into the ocean on a foggy night. The road abruptly ended at the ramp and lacked adequate signage or lighting. Both women drowned in the tragic incident.
"I understand that they've put better signage up at ...
July 17, 2013
AMHERST - Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) recently mailed a questionnaire to his constituents in House District 30, which comprises northern Hancock and central Washington Counties, asking them for their opinions on a range of policy questions related to state government. The results are in, and 182 residents expressed an overwhelming desire for conservative reforms that tighten Maine's welfare system and get government spending under control.
"It doesn't come as much of a surprise to...
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 ...
April 24, 2013
AUGUSTA - Along party lines, majority Democrats in the House today voted against LD 831, a private sector Right-to-Work bill, and LD 786, which would have eliminated the union monopoly over bargaining rights for public sector workers. Both bills, sponsored by Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst), have been the source of much public debate in recent weeks as they made their way through the committee process. Democrats said "no" to LD 831 by a vote of 92-53, and LD 786 by a vote of 89-56.
April 5, 2013
AUGUSTA - On party lines, the Legislature's Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee today voted "ought not to pass" on LD 786, the so-called public right-to-work bill introduced by Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst). Lockman had prepared an amendment which would have replaced the bill and simply repeal the 2007 law that made state government a collection agent for the Maine State Employees' Association (MSEA) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Emplo...
April 1, 2013
AUGUSTA - Two bills that would allow workers to choose whether to belong to a labor union received their public hearings today before the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee. Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) sponsored LD 786 and LD 831 to bring choice to public and private sector workers, respectively, preventing compulsory payment of union dues and forcing unions to recruit members with value instead of legislative mandate.
Public workers Barry Lucier, Gerald C...
January 24, 2013
AUGUSTA - By all accounts, Jay Martin was a competent, knowledgeable, and responsive Small Business Advocate for the Office of the Secretary of State. The Legislature created the position in 2011 as a result of the findings of a bipartisan regulatory reform commission.
In addition to over 16 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Martin was instrumental in expanding the Bangor-based publication Coffee News into a national franchise and assisting United Cerebral Palsy of Maine i...
November 30, 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...
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...