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Dems Shut Out Debate on GOP Welfare Compromise

April 8, 2014

AUGUSTA - The Democratic majority in the Maine House of Representatives late Tuesday prevented a vote on a compromise amendment on the last remaining welfare reform bill, LD 1822, which would prevent the use of welfare funds to buy certain prohibited items such as tobacco and alcohol. Rep. Sharri MacDonald (R-Old Orchard Beach) introduced the compromise amendment.

"This is a sad day for the taxpayers of Maine and for anybody who believes reaching a compromise should be a goal in gover...

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Rep. Wilson's Bill for Homeless Veterans Receives Unanimous Committee Nod

February 19, 2014

AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday afternoon unanimously approved Augusta Rep. Corey Wilson's bill to turn dormant state buildings into shelters for homeless and transitioning veterans.

The bill faced initial opposition by majority Democrats, but after vigorous advocacy by Rep. Wilson, was accepted into the 2014 legislative session and ultimately moved forward by today's vote.

"I'd like to thank everyone who helped move this bill fo...

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Homeless Veterans Shelter Bill Approved Unanimously by Legislative Leaders

November 21, 2013

AUGUSTA - The bill proposal by Rep. Corey Wilson (R-Augusta) to facilitate the sale of unused state buildings for use as homeless veterans' housing received the unanimous approval of the Legislative Council, the panel of all 10 members of Maine House and Senate leadership.

The bill, LR 2377, was initially rejected on party lines in a bill screening hearing on October 30, with Democrats opposing the measure. Rep. Wilson's successful appeal means that the bill will be referred to a commit...

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Rep. Corey Wilson to Appeal Denial of Veterans' Homeless Shelter Bill

November 8, 2013

AUGUSTA - State Representative Corey Wilson (R-Augusta) announced Wednesday that he has filed an appeal of the Maine Legislative Council's decision to deny LR 2377, his bill to donate abandoned state buildings at the former Augusta Mental Health Institute (AMHI) that are slated for destruction to be used as homeless shelters for veterans.

Majority Democrats on the panel of 10 legislative leaders voted to deny Wilson's bill at a meeting last week to screen the roughly 400 bill proposals fo...

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Augusta Rep. Corey Wilson Conducts Constituent Survey

August 20, 2013

AUGUSTA - State Representative Corey Wilson of Augusta recently mailed a questionnaire to each household in his House district, soliciting feedback on issues facing state government. He received 227 responses from the roughly 8,800 people in his district. Statewide polls across all 151 state House districts are often conducted with as few as 400 respondents.

"This was really an effort to listen to the people of Augusta," said Wilson. "I value the opinions of my neighbors and want to g...

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Augusta State Reps. Congratulate Firm on Winning Western Ave. Project Bid

August 16, 2013

AUGUSTA - Reconstruction of a high-traffic stretch of Western Avenue in Augusta will begin after Labor Day, since a Maine construction firm on Wednesday won a bid for the project. State Representatives Matthew Pouliot and Corey Wilson, both of Augusta, congratulated R.J. Grondin and Sons on being declared the apparent low bidder for the job to rebuild the 0.6 mile stretch of road. Pouliot and Wilson attended the bid opening Wednesday at Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters i...

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Augusta Rep. Corey Wilson Chosen to Attend Prestigious Leadership Program

July 16, 2013

AUGUSTA - The Council of State Governments has selected Maine state representative Corey Wilson (R-Augusta) to attend its Robert Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy next month. Wilson was one of 25 public servants to be accepted to attend the conference in Philadelphia on August 4-8 of this year.

The Council of State Governments is a nonprofit, nonpartisan national think tank founded in 1933 and dedicated to educating government and elected officials, helping them to perform their duties ...

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Dems Flip-Flop on Bill for Military Recruiters

July 9, 2013

AUGUSTA - In a surprise turn of events Tuesday, several House Democrats flipped their votes on LD 1503, a bill that would have allowed military recruiters the same access to Maine public schools as civilian career recruiters and would have further allowed them to wear their uniforms while visiting schools.

Education Committee Democrats initially voted against the bill and Democrats narrowly killed a similar bill on the House floor. However, passionate debate by House Republicans, many of...

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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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House Defeats Measure to Infringe Mainers' Right to Bear Arms

May 29, 2013

AUGUSTA - The House Wednesday took its initial vote on LD 223, a bill sponsored by Rep. Timothy Marks (D-Pittston) to forbid law-abiding 18-20 year old Mainers from carrying a concealed handgun for self-protection. Lawmakers rejected the Majority "Ought to Pass" report, 40-102. The majority of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee had endorsed the bill, 7-6.

"Maine has one of the highest rates of gun ownership and lowest rates of violent crime in the nation," said Rep. Rick L...

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House Republicans Recognize Teacher Appreciation Week (Day 4)

May 10, 2013

AUGUSTA - May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time when Americans take a moment to recognize the hard and important work teachers do every day. Each day this week, Republican state representatives are telling their own stories of teachers who made a difference in their lives.

This week, Rep. Corey Wilson (R-Augusta), is sharing the story of an outstanding teacher of his. Wilson, 28, is a graduate of Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, and Park University, where he earned a bache...

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Concealed-Carry Privacy Bill Prevails on First Vote

April 23, 2013

AUGUSTA - The House of Representatives took its first roll call on LD 345, the bill to protect the personal information of concealed handgun permit holders sponsored by Rep. Corey Wilson (R-Augusta). Two competing amendments received initial votes Tuesday and will now be taken up by the Senate before being sent back to the House for final enactment.

The majority report of the Judiciary Committee, which received the support of 10 committee members, recommended a slightly amended version o...

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Statement of House GOP Leadership on Today's Gun Bills

April 22, 2013

House Republican leadership issued the following statements regarding the gun control bills being taken up by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee this afternoon.

"Bills that limit magazine capacities and increase the age for concealed-carry from 18 to 21 encroach on our personal freedoms and hurt the ability of law-abiding Mainers to protect themselves," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport). "We must focus our efforts on getting at the root cause of violence...

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Committee Gives Strong, Bipartisan Support to Concealed-Carry Privacy Bill

April 3, 2013

AUGUSTA - In a 10-3 vote, the Legislature's Judiciary Committee endorsed LD 345, a bill introduced by Rep. Corey Wilson (R-Augusta) to make private the personal identifying information of concealed handgun permit holders in Maine. The bill will now go to the House and Senate for floor votes.

"I'm very pleased that the committee approved a bill that's true to the original intent of my legislation," said Wilson. "I felt strongly that, by default, no Mainer should have to worry about his o...

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House GOP Judiciary Lead Says Dems' Tabling LD 345 a 'Stall Tactic'

March 21, 2013

AUGUSTA - Rep. Jarrod Crockett (R-Bethel), the lead House Republican on the Judiciary Committee, says Democrats implemented a stall tactic at today's work session on LD 345, Rep. Wilson's bill to protect the private information of concealed handgun permit holders. On party lines (7-5, with Sen. Tuttle absent), Democrats voted to table the bill despite its reference to the committee over a month ago and ready amendments offered by both Wilson and House Chair Rep. Charles Priest (D-Brunswick). <...

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Concealed Handgun Privacy Protection Bill Receives Public Hearing

March 12, 2013

AUGUSTA - L.D. 345, the bill sponsored by Rep. Corey Wilson (R-Augusta) to protect the identity of Mainers with concealed handgun permits, received its public hearing before the Legislature's Judiciary Committee today throughout most of the afternoon. A total of 31 people testified27 in support, three in opposition, and one neither for nor againstaccording to the records of the committee clerk.

"Mainers have spoken, and they have made it clear that their right to bear arms is unduly supp...

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Augusta Rep. Wilson Introduces Bill to Allow Sale of State Property to Motivational Services

February 27, 2013

AUGUSTA - State Representative Corey Wilson (R-Augusta) has introduced LD 340, a bill authorizing the sale of state-owned buildings at the former Augusta Mental Health Institute to Motivational Services, Inc., a local provider of mental health care. The buildings are known as "the doctors' houses" and are located at 6 and 10 Arsenal Heights Drive.

The state-owned buildings housed forensic (potentially violent) patients up until last fall, when Motivational Services moved them to another...

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Legislature Approves Governor's Temporary Privacy Protection Bill

February 19, 2013

AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature today voted to enact a bill introduced by Governor LePage to temporarily protect the personal information of concealed handgun permit holders. The governor introduced the bill, LD 576, "Resolve, To Protect Concealed Handgun Permit Information on a Temporary Basis," in cooperation and consultation with Republican and Democratic legislative leaders Friday. The vote was 129-11 in the House, with a 2/3 vote (101 members) required for passage.

The moratorium e...

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House GOP Relieved by BDN's Decision, Threat Still Remains

February 15, 2013

AUGUSTA - House Republicans today were encouraged to see that in the face of outrage from the public and law enforcement officials, the Bangor Daily News (BDN) has decided to withdraw its Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) requests, which would have required Maine law enforcement agencies to release the names, addresses, birthdates, and other information belonging to all concealed weapons permit holders in Maine.

However, an anonymous group called "Celebration Connect" has submitted similar, un...

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Demonstrators Rally Outside State House in Support of Gun Rights

February 8, 2013

AUGUSTA - About 100 concerned citizens came to the State House for an outside demonstration in support of the 2nd Amendment and the gun rights guaranteed by Maine's Constitution today. They braved the 5 degree weather and horizontal snow for roughly two hours as a series of speakers addressed the crowd.

Conservative columnist and former congressional candidate Prof. John Frary spoke, along with former congressional candidate Blaine Richardson. Rep. Deborah Sanderson (R-Chelsea) spoke to...

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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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