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Central Maine Survey: Stop the Spending; Enact Right-to-Work

January 28, 2014

AUGUSTA - State Representative Robert Nutting (R-Oakland) has released the results of his annual survey and his constituents have made it clear that they want pro-growth reforms and a stop to runaway state spending. Rep. Nutting mailed questionnaires to each household in his districtHouse District 78which includes Sidney and part of Oakland.

"I always make a point to talk to my neighbors when I see them in the grocery store or at the gas station, but the survey gives me a chance to see ...

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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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Release: Republican leaders release catalog of legislative achievements

October 11, 2012

House and Senate Republican Office

October 9, 2012

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Jay Finegan, 287-1445


Republican leaders release 'Promises Made, Promises Kept'

catalog of legislative achievements

AUGUSTA- Republican legislative leaders today unveiled a publication titled "Promises Made, Promises Kept" that catalogues the many accomplishments of the 125th Legislature, now drawing to a close. The 16-page booklet recaps the signature achievements of the first...

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Rep. Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

November 30, 2011

House Republican Office

November 21, 2011

For more information:

Jay Finegan, 287-1445


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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Republicans Praise Redistricting Agreement

September 27, 2011

Augusta-Republicans in the Maine House are pleased to have reached an agreement with Democrats on reapportioning Maine's two congressional districts. This plan meets the criteria of the federal court, which ordered Maine to redraw its districts. It represents the best possible outcome for the people of Maine.

The consensus map agreed to today comes as close as possible to evenly dividing the populations of Maine's districts to within a one-person differential.

Republicans on the Reapp...

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House Speaker Robert Nutting Statement on Passage of Bath Salts Legislation

September 27, 2011

"Today's passage of legislation that increases the penalties on the usage and sale of bath salts is very encouraging. This drug is a growing menace in our communities. Every day, law enforcement officers are forced to confront the unpredictable, often violent behavior of those under the influence of bath salts. These tougher laws send a clear message to those who would use or sell the drug that Maine is prepared to deal with them."

-House Speaker Robert Nutting (R) Oakland

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Republicans on Reapportionment Commission Continue to Back Original Plan

August 30, 2011

Following today's 8-7 vote, Republicans serving on the Congressional Reapportionment Commission noted the process is far from over.

"The endorsement of the Democratic plan is the recommendation of the commission. The vote that counts will be the one taken by the Maine House of Representatives and Senate during the special legislative session which is scheduled for September 27, 2011," said Representative Ken Fredette, who serves on the commission. "I would rather the legislature, not the c...

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Statement of House Speaker Robert Nutting on Democrats' Launch of "Get Real Maine" Tour

July 14, 2011

"I find it interesting that eight months after Maine voters decided it was time to change leadership in Augusta, Democrats are just now realizing it might be time to go out and listen to the voters. Republicans did this last fall and haven't stopped listening. The result has been groundbreaking legislation from this past session that includes the largest tax cut in state history, an overhaul of Maine's burdensome regulatory system, as well as reforms to the state pension system, health care and ...

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Portland Press Herald: Maine Voices: Speaker Nutting says Legislature made solid down payment

July 5, 2011

AUGUSTA - The accomplishments of the 125th Legislature are nothing short of extraordinary. What began in January with questions about what course the new Republican majority would take ended with clarity about Maine's new direction.

Faced with daunting fiscal challenges, lawmakers from both parties worked together to enact two emergency budgets which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Early on Republican leaders made the decision to pass the biennial budget with a two-thirds vote o...

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Speaker Nutting Statement on Adjournment of First Regular Session of the 125th Legislature

June 29, 2011

"The first session of the 125th Legislature was one of extraordinary accomplishment. Working together, Republicans and Democrats passed a two year budget that contains the largest tax cut in Maine history and reforms to the state retirement system that will protect the program's longevity and save taxpayers billions. At the same time, this budget does not cut education funding or programs that protect our most vulnerable citizens. Two other goals we achieved are passing health care legislation t...

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Maine Speaker Statement On Decision To Hold Over LD 309

June 6, 2011

AUGUSTA - Maine Speaker of the House Robert Nutting issued the following statement, upon the vote by the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee to hold LD 309 over to next session:

"I think the Committee made a prudent decision to hold this bill over. After much discussion with parties from all sides, it became apparent that some serious concerns needed to be addressed. In particular, a strong accusation has been levied that this bill was meant to interfere with negot...

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Video Clip: Governor Paul LePage Signs Landmark Health Insurance Reforms into Law

May 17, 2011

Joined by Senate President Kevin Raye, House Speaker Robert Nutting, and the Chairmen of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee - Senator Rodney Whittemore and Represenative Wes Richardson, Gov. LePage signed LD1333 into law.

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Maine Legislature Passes Landmark Health Insurance Reform

May 17, 2011

AUGUSTA - The Maine Senate passed landmark legislation today to revamp Maine's health insurance market. The measure, LD 1333, is designed to generate more competition and more choices and bring rates closer to national norms. It also sets up a Guaranteed Access Plan to make sure Mainers with pre-existing conditions can obtain affordable insurance and cannot be denied coverage.

On May 13, the House voted 78 to 68 for final passage. The Senate voted 24 to 10. The vote was bipartisan in both ...

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Legislature passes landmark bill to reform health insurance market

May 16, 2011

AUGUSTA - The Maine Senate passed landmark legislation today to revamp Maine's health insurance market. The measure, LD 1333, is designed to generate more competition and more choices and bring rates closer to national norms. It also sets up a Guaranteed Access Plan to make sure Mainers with pre-existing conditions can obtain affordable insurance and cannot be denied coverage.

On May 13, the House voted 78 to 68 for final passage. The Senate voted 24 to 10. The vote was bipartisan in both cham...

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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. Jim Parker Named to Environment
and Natural Resources Committee

February 1, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Jim Parker has been appointed to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, putting him in position to shape legislation on issues ranging from air and water quality to returnable containers.

"I look forward to using my experience as an environmental engineer and my years of working with environmental issues to the benefit of the people of Maine," said Rep. Parker (R-Veazie), a first-term legislator.

House Speaker Robert Nutting, who made Rep. Parker's appoi...

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Rep. Wayne Parry Draws Dual Committee Assignments

January 25, 2011

AUGUSTA -- State Rep. Wayne Parry has been assigned an unusually heavy workload for a first-term legislator. He will serve on two high-profile policy panels - the Committee on Transportation and the Marine Resources Committee.

"Serving on two committees will make for a very busy session, and I'm honored to be on both," said Rep. Parry (R-Arundel). "Transportation was my first choice. It is one of only two committees that actually are authorized to appropriate funds. My top priority will inv...

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Rep. Joyce Fitzpatrick Named to Insurance Committee

January 20, 2011

AUGUSTA -- State Rep. Joyce Fitzpatrick has been appointed to the Legislature's high profile Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services, putting her in position to shape policy in a number of critical areas, including banking, health care reform and mortgage foreclosure prevention.

The first-term legislator also has been named to serve on the Government Oversight Committee. That panel oversees OPEGA - the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability - which cond...

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Rep. Stacey Fitts to Chair Energy, Utilities Committee

January 3, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Stacey Fitts will shoulder a heavy workload in the 125th Legislature by chairing an important committee and serving on two other key panels.

The fourth-term legislator has been named House chair of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, which will play a major role in the continuing story of Maine's energy supply. He also has been appointed to the Regulatory Fairness and Reform Committee, meant to reduce the "red tape" that is slowing down job creation. Moreove...

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Rep. Jim Parker appointed to 'Red Tape' Committee

December 22, 2010

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Jim Parker has been named to a new, 15-member select committee created to study Maine's regulatory system and propose changes to help improve the state's business environment.

The panel, formally named the Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform, will work in concert with Governor-elect Paul LePage to draft legislation and bring their proposals before the Legislature.

Rep. Parker (R-Veazie), a first-term legislator, has extensive experience in dealing with stat...

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Republican response to the governor's weekly address

December 5, 2010

Greetings, this is Andre Cushing, state representative from Hampden and assistant leader of the majority party in the Maine House.

It was a big week in Augusta, with the swearing-in of the 125th Legislature, the election of a new House Speaker and Senate President and the election by both bodies of a new Attorney General, Secretary of State and Treasurer. Less than a month after the historic election of November 2, a new but experienced team is in place to guide our state through the diffic...

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Last GOP House Speaker on Hand for Election of New Speaker, 36 Years Later

December 1, 2010

AUGUSTA - The last Republican Speaker of the Maine House was on hand today for the swearing-in of the new Legislature and the election of Republican Rep. Bob Nutting as the new Speaker of the House.

The Honorable Richard David Hewes, of Cape Elizabeth, served as Speaker from 1973 to 1974, the last time Republicans held the House majority. Mr. Hewes was seated at a place of honor in the front of the House chamber for the proceedings and was recognized by Speaker Nutting for his service to M...

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