Category Archives: From the State House

Rep. Amy Arata’s Newsletter

Rep. Arata’s May 23 newsletter includes information about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, DHHS Aging and Long Term Care Initiative, fish stocking, and 15 bills recently signed into law.

Reflections of a Freshman: State Representative Amy Arata

As a freshman legislator, I’m often asked how it’s going in Augusta, usually with a rueful smile. I am a Republican and in the minority, but have found my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to be both respectful and congenial, with any disagreements aired with civility. However, a greater challenge has been dealing with those outside the legislature who are eager to attack without knowing all the facts. I’ve been accused of wanting to throw teachers in jail or ban common classroom books by people who didn’t bother to read the bill for themselves. A disabled Representative was disparaged on social media for parking in a handicapped space. Another had biohazards sent to his home after he was mis-quoted concerning feminine product availability to prisoners. These experiences have enforced my belief that we should be slow to anger and quick to listen.

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Senator Claxton’s May 6 newsletter

Read Senator Ned Claxton’s latest newsletter to learn about office hours, the dangers of distracted driving, Rep. Jared Golden’s visit, updates on legislation and our new electronic testimony submission system.

Committee gives bipartisan, unanimous support to Claxton bill to create medication redispensing program

Sen. Claxton: “Providing free or low-cost medicine to those with limited means, is one way we can help save people’s lives.”

AUGUSTA — A bill from Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, LD 1661, “An Act To Create the Drug Donation and Redispensing Program” received unanimous, bipartisan support from the Legislature’s Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. The bill would establish a drug donation and redispensing program to provide medicine to low-income Mainers.

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Rep. Arata’s May 6 Newsletter

State Representative Amy Arata’s May 6 newsletter includes information about homelessness, drug overdoses, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife educational programs and more.

Senator Claxton’s newsletter

Senator Ned Claxton’s 4/29 newsletter includes information about office hours; legislation to help homeowners avoid closure, making prescription drugs more affordable, and protecting the environment and more.

Rep. Arata’s newsletter

State Representative Amy Arata’s 4/29 newsletter includes information about burn permits, freezing your credit, yardscaping and advice for spending, saving and investing.

April Update from Senator Ned Claxton

Senator Claxton’s April update includes information about office hours, protecting access to affordable health care and drugs, improving lead testing rates, protecting student borrowers, grants for Bi-centennial marketing, visitors to the State House and a call for volunteers to sing the National Anthem.

Rep. Amy Arata’s newsletter for April

Read Rep. Arata’s newsletter, including information about Child Abuse Prevention Month, anti-scam guide, the moose lottery and increasing numbers of cars crashing into police.

Rep. Arata’s April 3 Newsletter

Read about education tax benefits, well safety and testing, and a robotics competition in Representative Arata’s newsletter.