BDN: Maine House deals another blow to Republican senator’s ‘religious freedom’ bill
Rep. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, said on the floor Thursday afternoon that as a gay man, he feels threatened by the bill.
Rep. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, who is gay, said the bill offended him. “It makes me feel like a second-class citizen,” he said.
Portland Press Herald
By Eric Russell firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUSTA — After a long, spirited debate Thursday, the House of Representatives rejected a bill designed to affirm constitutional protection of a person’s right to worship.
The New Civil Rights Movement: Maine Rejects ‘Religious Freedom’ License To Discriminate Against Gays
by DAVID BADASH of The New Civil Rights Movement
Rep. Justin Chenette, who at 22 is the youngest openly-gay legislator in America, talked eloquently and vehemently about how the bill would affect him. “Religious freedom is important, but this bill makes me feel like a second-class citizen… Name me an issue in Maine — I still haven’t heard one.”
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP - ALANNA DURKIN) - A measure moving forward in the Maine Legislature would provide tax credits for student loans to some who graduate from out-of-state colleges and return to Maine in a continued effort to encourage more young people to work and live in the state.
By LIZ GOTTHELF | Staff Writer
SACO — Advocates of a proposed bill to expand the Opportunity Maine Program say it will give college students who are pursuing specialized degrees out of state more incentive to come home to Maine after graduation.
(WCSH 6 NEWS CENTER) -- Representative Justin Chenette visits the Morning Report to talk about a new idea legislators are proposing to help reduce the cost of college education.
Students graduating with four-year degrees are often facing $20-30,000 of debt, if not more, and the President of the Community College System says that is scaring a lot of people away from going to college.
As a recent college graduate himself, Rep. Chenette has some ideas on how we can make college affordable for Maine students and keep them in the state after graduation.