Maine State Rep. McDonald bill decriminalizing hypodermic syringes signed into law

LD 994 eliminates the crime of illegal possession of hypodermic syringes. Additionally, possessing a hypodermic syringe with residue of drugs will no longer be considered criminal possession of those drugs. Providing hypodermic syringes to others who may not be able to obtain them on their own will no longer be considered an act of illegal trafficking. […]

Maine Sec. of State issues warning of phishing campaign via text

07/19/2021 AUGUSTA – Secretary of State Shenna Bellows is warning Mainers to be suspicious of text messages they may have received from an entity claiming to be the “Secretary of State Drivers License Facility” which asks the recipient to click a link to complete this verification. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles does not contact Mainers […]

Supreme Court guts voting rights when upholding Arizona’s restrictions, elected officials speak out against biased racist court ruling

July 1, 2021 EOPA, a national coalition of elected officials, says John Lewis Voting Rights Act would uphold the promise of our democracy for all. The following is the statement from the Elected Officials to Protect America about the Supreme Court July 1 decision on Arizona’s voting restrictions: “Today, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted most […]

Severe drought in central Maine as dry conditions get worse

Officials warn the trend is expected to continue this summer unless Maine gets prolonged rain. Despite a little rain this week, a section of central Maine is now considered to be suffering a “severe drought” and most of the state is experiencing a moderate one. The state’s Drought Task Force said  “drought conditions have rapidly […]

Air quality Alert issued for Maine coastline from ozone concentrations

Maine DEP expects ozone concentrations to reach unhealthy levels on Monday, June 7, 2021 AUGUSTA, June 6, 2021 — Ground-level ozone concentrations will be climbing in Maine on Monday June 7, 2021 and are expected to reach unhealthy levels according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  Ozone levels have been high upwind since June 2nd.  High levels began around […]

Maine Technology Institute solicits proposals for the Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge grants until June 18

May 2021 By Ramona du Houx The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) began soliciting proposals for the Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge that was announced by Governor Janet Mills on Earth Day. In collaboration with the Governor’s Energy Office, MTI developed the challenge to catalyze the deployment of innovative clean energy technology solutions in Maine. During […]

Maine Secretary of State hosts student artists and their artwork at office

May 28, 2021 Secretary of State Shenna Bellows hosted student artists from King Middle School in Portland and Sweetland School in Hope, Assistant House Majority Leader Rachel Talbot Ross viewed the students’ artwork and poetry on display in the Secretary of State’s main office. The students made the artwork in partnership with Americans Who Tell the […]

Maine legislative committee advances Rep. Berry’s bill to create Pine Tree Power to replace CMP and Versant 

June 1,2021 By Ramona du Houx The Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee voted to advance a historic bill June 1, 2021 to replace Central Maine Power (CMP) and Versant with the Pine Tree Power Company, a consumer-owned electric utility dedicated to providing Mainers with lower cost, locally controlled, more reliable, cleaner electricity. Over the years, […]

70 Percent of Mainers 12 and older have received on shot of COVID-19 vaccine

Governor Janet Mills announced today that Maine has reached another vaccination milestone, delivering at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 70 percent of Maine people eligible to receive a vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) tracker. Maine has now given at least one shot of a vaccine […]

Rep. Cloutier’s bill to establish grant program for family caregivers approved unanimously by committee

The Maine Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously on May 24, 2021 to advance a bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Kristen Cloutier, D-Lewiston, that would establish the Family Caregiver Grant Pilot Program. If passed into law, the proposed legislation will give certified family caregivers the opportunity to receive $2,000. As outlined in the […]

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