Gideon: “We must advance policies that will increase prosperity for all Maine families”

AUGUSTA – The 128th Maine Legislature reconvened Wednesday, January 3rd, for their second regular session. This second year is designed to consider emergency bills and bills that were not acted on in the first year. Currently, legislators have upwards of 400 bills to consider before the statutory adjournment date of April 18..

Speaker Sara Gideon released the following statement:
“As we start a new year and a new legislative session, it is my hope that all members of the legislature work collaboratively to do right by our citizens. Even in a time of divided government, we must advance policies that will increase prosperity for all Maine families. House Democrats are focused on supporting middle class Mainers, creating good paying jobs across the state, implementing Medicaid expansion and finally making progress on combating the opiate crisis.”

House Majority Leader Erin Herbig released the following statement:
“There is no doubt that we have a lot of work ahead of us this short session, but I for one am excited to roll up my sleeves and get back to work. From bills to make sure employees have the skills they need to fill the good paying jobs we already have available to creating a community college center in Waldo County, I’m focused on creating pathways for more of our young people to live and work in Maine.”

Assistant House Majority Leader Jared Golden released the following statement:
“This session is the time for us to address emergencies facing Maine families and our communities. I’m focused on combating dangerous lead poisoning in my hometown which is threatening the safety of kids and families, the stability of small businesses and the growth of our economy. I look forward to the progress we’re going to make over the next few months.”