Sen. Troy Jackson

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Leaders of both parties in the Maine Legislature are at odds over calling themselves into a special session next month to deal with hundreds of bills left on the table when they adjourned in March due to the spread of COVID-19. Republicans say they want the session to focus only on issues related to the pandemic.

Maine Senate President Troy Jackson, a Democrat from Allagash, wants to require state agencies and institutions to buy American products, such as iron and steel, when contracting for construction or maintenance projects.

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Gov. Janet Mills delivered her first State of the State address Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talked with Democratic state Senate President Troy Jackson, of Allagash, and House Minority Leader, Republican Kathleen Dillingham, of Oxford, to find out what they thought about the speech, and the policy goals and initiatives Mills laid out.

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Maine Senate President Troy Jackson announced a new bill Friday that he says will increase access to quality child care for Maine's most vulnerable families. It has the backing of several educators, child advocates and businesses, who say that improving child care is critical for both Maine families and for the state’s economy.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new Maine law sets a licensing fee for manufacturers of opioids doing business in the state as part of an effort to hold the companies accountable for opioid use disorder.

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Maine Senate President Troy Jackson Friday once again defended his decision to criticize the hiring practices of Bath Iron Works’ parent company, at a time when he had been hired to work with a machinists union that's affiliated with the shipyard.

PORTLAND, Maine - Members of the Maine timber industry are pushing back at a proposal against aerial spraying of herbicides in the state's forests.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Democrats in the Maine Senate plan to roll-out legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

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The 21 Democratic state senators have selected their leadership for the new Legislature, and they say they are ready to move swiftly on Gov.-elect Janet Mills pledge to make Medicaid expansion a reality.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Republican governor and a Democratic senator are set to discuss the challenges facing loggers and the state's logging industry.
 
Gov. Paul LePage will attend a logging discussion hosted by Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson in New Canada on Friday afternoon.
 
Jackson, a logger himself, has said Maine loggers and truckers are out of work while Canadians cut Maine wood, mill it in Canada and sell it back to the U.S.