Tag Archives: state government

Rep. Amy Arata’s Latest Newsletter

Rep. Arata’s latest newsletter includes information about the Poland Spring Festival and the NG Strawberry Festival, an online tool for anglers, and warnings about children in hot cars and healthy swimming.

Forum with Candidates for Legislature

Invited to this forum are candidates Ned Claxton and Ellie Espling running for the Maine Senate and Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge, running for the House. The public is invited to attend the live event at the New Gloucester Meeting House or to watch on Cable channel 3.

The Forum will begin at 6:30 pm and consist of a 60-minute session for each race, one following the other, and each facilitated by a moderator. The public is invited to submit questions by Wednesday October 3 at 11 a.m. to newgloucesterquestions@gmail.com   The moderator will not disclose who submitted the questions being asked.

Friends of the NG Library Honored at State House

Recently Senator Claxton was honored to present a Legislative Sentiment to the Friends of the New Gloucester Public Library for receiving the Spirit of America Foundation Award, a tribute presented to Maine municipalities, individuals and organizations for commendable community service. The Friends of NG Library has been an amazing community contributor by raising funds for the library including book and bake sales, sponsoring several library programs including park passes for the library patrons and delivery of books to the homebound, and so much more. Senator Claxton was pleased to greet them and recognize their significant contributions to the community of New Gloucester. Senator Claxton and Representative Arata gave a tour of the Senate and House chambers.

Senator Claxton and Representative Arata greeting the Friends of NG Library in the Hall of Flags at the State House. In the photo (L to R): Sen. Claxton, Friends Deb Chandler, Yvette Knight, Phoebe Hardesty, Bev Cadigan, Betty Kolda and Kathleen Potter, and Rep. Arata.

Rep. Arata’s April 3 Newsletter

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

Opinion: Maine’s budget outlook worsens by the day – Rep. Amy Arata

Rep. Amy Arata (R-New Gloucester, part of Poland) shared her concerns about Governor Mills’s proposed budget in this opinion piece posted in The Maine Wire on March 24, 2019. Read Rep. Arata’s full commentary here.

Rep. Arata’s March 16th newsletter

Representative Amy Arata’s latest newsletter includes information about Maine Maple Sunday, lost or unclaimed property, the Maine Moose Permit Lottery and the Legislative Memorial Scholarship.  Read her newsletter here.

Representative Amy Arata Announces Local Projects in Maine DOT Work Plan

March 13, 2019

House Republican Office
(207) 287-1440

AUGUSTA – State Representative Amy B. Arata (R-New Gloucester, Poland-part) is pleased to announce that the Maine Department of Transportation Work Plan for Calendar Years 2019, 2020 and 2021 is available. The estimated value of work in the plan totals more than $2.44 billion and encompasses 2,193 projects across the state.  Continue reading

   Claxton bill helps victims of assault

March 6, 2019
Contact: Lisa Haberzettl [Claxton], 251-3548

Sen. Claxton, “Current definitions of ‘strangulation’ limit our ability to help victims.”

AUGUSTA — Legislation from Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, LD 779, “An Act To Improve the Definition of ‘Strangulation’ in the “Aggravated Assault Laws”received a public hearing before the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. The bill would remove the requirement to prove intention from strangulation in aggravated assault cases. Continue reading

Senator Claxton sponsors bill to convene task force on long-term acute care

Sen. Claxton: “As many suffer from the shortage of beds, it is necessary to study the needs for long-term acute care in Maine.”

AUGUSTA — Legislation by Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, LD 439 “Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services To Convene a Task Force To Study the Need for Long-term Acute Care Hospital” would convene a task force to study the need for long-term acute care beds in Maine. The bill received a public hearing before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Monday.

“Because they have no good placement options, these patients end up with long stays in hospitals that are better designed to help those who have acute, short-term needs,” said Sen. Claxton. Continue reading

Rep. Arata co-sponsors bill to prevent municipalities from banning short-term rentals

The mayors of Portland and South Portland voiced their opposition Wednesday to a proposed bill that would block municipalities from prohibiting short-term rentals such as Airbnb.

But its sponsor defended the measure, saying Airbnb and other short-term rentals “are giving tourists a new way to look for a place to stay while visiting our great state.” Keep reading James McCarthy’s Mainebiz article