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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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

Senator Ned Claxton to Hold Office Hours in New Gloucester on March 1

AUGUSTA — Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Androscoggin, will hold public office hours in New Gloucester.

Public office hours provide residents a chance to meet with their elected officials, ask questions, and get help with legislative or state government matters.

Sen. Claxton will give updates on his work on various policy committees and give a preview of upcoming issues. All are welcome to attend, ask questions, and get answers. To RSVP on Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2370684369830652/

Additional dates and locations for public office hours throughout Senate District 20 will follow. Senate District 20 includes Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester and Poland.

WHAT: Public office hours

WHO: Sen. Ned Claxton

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 1

WHERE: New Gloucester Village Store, 405 Intervale Road, New Gloucester

Patti’s Feb. 15 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

A horse-drawn sleigh owned by Stillbrook Acres delights passengers with a jaunt over the undulating, snow-covered terrain at Pineland Farms. All rides are sold out this year for this popular event.

Full Moon Trek

Join RRCT members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends to hike the loop trail during the eighth annual Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. The highlight is a bonfire at the summit where hikers can sip hot cocoa, toast marshmallows and hoot or howl at the big orange rising moon.

All the fun happens at Pisgah Hill Preserve, 74 Dougherty Road, near the Pownal town line. Plan to start your approximately 30-minute hike between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on a 1.5-mile lollipop-style loop trail. The path is well-marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Gentle elevation rise and a rickety bridge on the trail require some effort; assistance for the elderly or toddlers may be required for one or two steep ledge steps.

Bring snowshoes or sturdy boots with grippers, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, a blanket, water and lots of good cheer. Marshmallows and more are provided at this free event. The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles line the shoulder of Dougherty Road.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-162/

 

Bill to limit ‘obscene material’ in classrooms draws passionate testimony

Rep. Amy Arata of New Gloucester wants to require teachers to obtain consent from parents before using classroom material with ‘obscene content,’ but opponents say decisions are best left to local school boards. Keep reading Kevin Miller’s article in the Portland Press Herald.

Sens. Claxton and Breen welcome GNG Band to State House

AUGUSTA — Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, and Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, welcomed the Gray-New Gloucester High School Band to the Maine State House on Thursday. The band performed the National Anthem at the start of the day’s legislative session.

The National Anthem is played by various groups and individuals from around the state at the start of each legislative session. To make a recommendation for a National Anthem performer, contact Sen. Claxton and Sen. Breen’s office at (207) 287-1515.

Dirty books and filthy laws

Books are dirty. And really good books can be really, really dirty.

When I read about state Rep. Amy Arata’s bill attempting to ban “obscene” booksfrom high school libraries, it made me realize some of the filthiest things I’ve ever read had their genesis in the pages of some of the greatest writing of all time.

Speaking of genesis, let’s start at the beginning. There’s been smut in books since people first started writing them. The first book of the Old Testament starts out with two people buck naked in a garden. With a snake. They eat some fruit, and then make enough babies to start the entire human race. Filthy.

Read the rest of Lance Dutson’s column in the Bangor Daily News.