Maine Senate President

Michael B. Thibodeau

127 Maine Legislature

Work of Searsport Museum on Display at the State House

Senate President Urges Visitors to View Works of Maine Artists AUGUSTA – Visitors to the Maine State House can view the works of 17 contemporary Maine artists that will be on display through early March. The Maine Arts Commission has partnered with the Penobscot Marine Museum for the current “Art in the Capitol exhibit: “Maine: A Continuum of Place.” It includes 25 paintings by Maine artists, as well as original glass plate images from the museum’s postcard collection. It coincides with the 100th anniversary of “Maine Postcard Day” which was established by Governor Oakley Curtis. Governor Curtis encouraged all Mainers to mail a Maine postcard to out-of-state friends. Senate President Thibodeau said, “With their extraordinary talent, these Maine artists have managed to capture the beauty of our state, and I have the privilege of seeing their amazing works of art every time I walk to my office at the State House. I believe everyone should come to see them.” The exhibit will be on display through March 3, 2017 throughout the ground and second floors of the State House. All Art in the Capitol exhibits are free and open to the public. # #...

Maine Supreme Court Sets Schedule for Filing Briefs on Ranked Choice Voting Question

PORTLAND – The Maine Supreme Court today issued a procedural order (attached) that establishes a schedule for briefings on the matter of ranked-choice voting. The justices have invited representatives from the Maine Senate, House of Representatives, Governor Paul LePage, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and other interested parties to file briefs addressing two questions: whether a solemn occasion exists for the Supreme Court to address the matter of ranked-choice voting and whether ranked-choice voting is allowed under the Maine Constitution. Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) said, “I would like to thank the justices for their prompt response in acknowledging the Senate’s request to look into this matter. Lawmakers desperately need guidance from the court as we move forward crafting public policy in order to prevent uncertainty in the outcome of our future elections.” The Law Court has established Friday, March 3, 2017, 4 p.m. as the deadline for submitting briefs. Oral arguments before the Supreme Court are scheduled for April 13, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Cumberland County Courthouse....

Maine Senate President Statement on Marijuana Moratorium Bill

“The Maine Legislature today took decisive and appropriate action regarding legalized marijuana by voting unanimously for this bill in both the House and Senate. Passage of LD 88 means minors will not be able to use or possess marijuana legally and will prohibit driving while using the drug on Maine roads.  It will also give lawmakers time to carefully craft responsible legislation around legalization to protect the public. “I am encouraged by today’s vote, but much more work remains to be done on this issue.”  ...

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Senator Mike Thibodeau
3 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

(207) 287-1500
mike@mainesenatepresident.com

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