AUGUSTA – After splitting Maine’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development committee in two, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon has announced that Portland Representative Mike Sylvester will serve as the Chair of the Maine Legislature’s Labor &Housing Committee.
Rep. Sylvester is in his second term as a Representative in the Maine House, and is an outspoken socialist. As Chair of the Labor & Housing Committee, Sylvester will lead the committee that seeks to legislate on matters related to labor laws, wages and public housing issues, among other things.
I’m very pleased and humbled to announce that the Speaker has named me as Chair of the Committee on Labor and Housing. I look forward to working to put policies in place so Maine’s families can pay their bills and have an affordable place to live. #trysocialismpic.twitter.com/mz6I4JweK8
In 2017, Sylvester led the charge against an effort to find compromise on the state budget, citing a need for more tax revenue even as the state was running a surplus.
Sylvester has also been an outspoken supporter of so-called “safe injection sites”, essentially taxpayer funded sites for Mainers addicted to drugs to inject those drugs into their system with supervision, and to administer drugs such as naloxone when drug users overdose.
Sylvester sponsored a bill last year to establish “safe injection sites” in Maine, and after the bill failed he said he would introduce it again this year.
California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure in California about a month before the 2018 election.
Other members of the Labor & Housing Committee that will be chaired by Rep. Sylvester include Rep. Dick Bradstreet, the ranking member for Republicans, as well as Rep. Larry Lockman (R – Amherst) and Rep. Ann Peoples (D – Westbrook) along with several others.