Maine Senate President

Michael B. Thibodeau

127 Maine Legislature

Legislative Committee Votes Unanimously for Moratorium on Retail Sales of Marijuana

AUGUSTA – A legislative committee today gave unanimous approval to a one-year moratorium on the retail sale of marijuana in Maine. Over the past three days, the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee has been considering LD 88, “An Act to Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act.” It was introduced to the committee as emergency legislation after numerous concerns arose following the passage of Question 1 on last November’s ballot. When it passes in the full Legislature, the legislation will delay implementation of retail sales of marijuana until February 1, 2018 and prohibit Maine citizens who are under the age of 21 from possessing the drug, among other measures. Over the next year, a special legislative committee on marijuana will adopt laws that address marijuana sales, as well as issues such as public safety and workplace issues. “It is very encouraging to see bipartisan support for this measure regarding the marijuana moratorium,” Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) said. “Although Maine voters approved this measure, albeit by a very narrow margin, I believe it is clear to all that there are many unforeseen circumstances surrounding legalization that impact public safety, employment and a number of other areas. It is hard to imagine that anyone who voted in favor of legalization wanted children to get their hands on this drug. “This moratorium will allow our elected officials to create sound public policy around legalization in a responsible manner.” Senator Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), who chairs the VLA Committee, said, “I am incredibly proud of the work we were able to accomplish on the Veterans and Legal...

Veteran Maine Finance Leader to Join Senate Republican Team

  AUGUSTA – Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) announced today that veteran state official Sawin Millett of Waterford will serve as an advisor on his staff as the Legislature begins work on a budget to fund state services through Fiscal Year 2019. Millett’s service to the State of Maine is extensive and spans decades. Most recently, he was the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services under Governor Paul LePage. He has worked for five different governors, beginning with Governor James Longley, under whose administration he served as education commissioner. Governor John McKernan appointed Millett Commissioner of Finance. Later, Millett served as Associate Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services under Governor Angus King. In addition to working for the executive branch, Millett was a member of the Maine House of Representatives where he served for 12 years. Millett’s extensive experience in state government and ability to work with both sides of the aisle has earned him respect from Republicans, Democrats and Independents over the years. Senate President Thibodeau said, “I could not be more thrilled to have Sawin Millett on our team. We have tremendous challenges in front of us over the next five months as we attempt to craft a biennial budget that will keep government services operating efficiently without raising the tax burden on Maine citizens. Without question, Sawin is an invaluable resource who will bring great benefits to legislative Republicans in the months ahead.” Millett lives on his family farm in Waterford, and has also served his local community as a teacher, school principal, coach, selectman and moderator for town...

128th Maine Senate Sworn In

AUGUSTA- The 128th Maine Senate officially convened for the first time today as new and returning Maine senators joined at the State House to take the oath of office. Although the eelection occurred only a month ago, Senate Republicans, who maintained a majority in the Senate for a second consecutive session for the first time since 1980, are eager to return to continue working towards common goals such as promoting prosperity for all Mainers by passing a responsible biennial budget and building on the meaningful reforms that were passed into law during the 127th Legislature. Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) said, “It is a true honor to have been unanimously elected to serve as Maine Senate President for the second consecutive session. I believe it is a validation of the progress we made during the previous session on the most important issues facing Maine. We have many difficult challenges ahead of us in the 128th Legislature, and I look forward to joining all of my fellow senators in serving the people of Maine.” Senator Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), the returning Senate Majority Leader said, “Last year, by working together, we were able to pass meaningful reforms to our welfare programs, reduce the overall tax burden and end the year with revenues that continue to surpass expectations. I look forward to building on this momentum by advancing laws that will make Maine great again.” “I look forward to continuing our work on issues that are most important to the citizens of Maine over the next two years”, said Senator Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot), the returning Assistant Senate Majority Leader. Legislators will reconvene...

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Senator Mike Thibodeau
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Augusta, Maine 04333

(207) 287-1500
mike@mainesenatepresident.com

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