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News from Rep. Amy Arata

Representative Arata to serve on Taxation Committee

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Amy Arata (R-New Gloucester) has been appointed to the 129th Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committees on Taxation. In addition to serving on the Appropriations Committee, she will have a voice on the committee that is responsible for State and local taxes; tax credits and exemptions, taxpayer relief programs, and other tax issues. Keep reading

Rep. Amy Arata’s latest newsletter

In Representative Arata’s early November newsletter, read about tips for managing storm-damaged trees, new projects celebrating Maine’s upcoming bicentennial, a state website with financial literacy resources for teachers and others, and more.

Rep. Amy Arata’s Newsletter

In Representative Arata’s late October newsletter, read about the property tax relief payment under the Homestead exemption, tips and resources for storm and emergency preparedness, the upcoming referendum vote on November 5, and more.

Legislative Update from Sen. Ned Claxton — late October

| by Senator Ned Claxton |

This week, we announced our “Fighting for Maine Agenda” and a town hall event that I will be holding in Auburn, along with Senate President Troy Jackson and Majority Leader Sen. Nate Libby. There will be a short presentation on our agenda for the coming legislative session, and then there will be an extended question and answer session.  Keep reading

Rep. Amy Arata’s newsletter

In Rep. Arata’s latest newsletter, read a rundown of new laws that recently took effect. These include new rules on child car seats, penalties for furnishing tobacco products to minors, restrictions on diesel vehicle emissions, and more.

Legislative Update from Senator Ned Claxton – early October

| by Senator Ned Claxton |

Friday, Sept. 27 was the deadline for legislators to submit new bills for the next session that begins in January. I’m excited to begin learning about some new proposals that will come before us in the Senate once we reconvene, and to see everyone’s ideas for how we will continue to improve the lives of Mainers across our state. Keep reading

Senator Ned Claxton’s early September newsletter

In this newsletter, read about remembering 9/11, touring Bath Iron Works and meeting with family practice residents in Augusta. Also see Senator Claxton’s column in the Twin City Times about his mixed feelings on the results of the legislature’s recent special session. Continue reading

Legislative Update from Senator Ned Claxton

After an all-night, marathon session that started last Wednesday morning and wrapped up early Thursday morning, the Maine Legislature has adjourned. It’s likely we’ll come back for a few days later this summer to tie up some loose ends, but the big things have been taken care of: Bills have been either voted on or held over until the next session for additional work, and the biennial budget has been passed and signed into law. I’m incredibly proud of all the work we’ve done. 
Now, I’m looking forward to spending more time at home and out in the community. Read on to see what we accomplished in the closing days of the First Regular Legislative Session. 

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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