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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.

Arata takes on school use of obscene novel

NEW GLOUCESTER — A recently-elected state representative is seeking to prohibit the dissemination of “obscene materials” in public schools after reading a book that was assigned to her son in high school.

Rep. Amy Arata, R-New Gloucester, who was elected in November, read Haruki Murakami’s 2002 novel “Kafka on the Shore” when her son brought it home as a senior. Keep reading Jane Vaughn’s article in the Lakes Region Weekly.

Press Herald: Rare Father-Daughter Legislative Duo – Richard Bradstreet and Amy Arata

Newly elected to represent New Gloucester and part of Poland in the Legislature, Amy Arata shares an unusual distinction with her father Richard Bradstreet: they are thought to be the first simultaneously serving daughter-father legislators in Maine history.   Read Marina Villeneuve’s full story in the Jan. 18 Portland Press Herald

PPH: New Gloucester lawmaker seeks to ban ‘obscene’ material from public schools

AUGUSTA — When her teenage son came home from school toting a book titled “Kafka on the Shore,” Amy Arata of New Gloucester decided she ought to give it a read.

What she found within the pages of the 2002 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami appalled her.Keep reading in the Portland Press Herald.

Amy Arata sworn in as our state representative in Maine’s 129th Legislature

December 5, 2018, was a day of many firsts in Augusta.  It was the first time that a Chief Justice has sworn in the Maine Legislature.  It was the first time that 60 women have been sworn into the House of Representatives.  It was the first time that a father and daughter have been sworn in to serve together.  I’m proud to say that I’m that daughter, and my father is Richard Bradstreet from District 80 (Vassalboro, Somerville, Windsor, part of Augusta).  We each independently decided to run for our house districts this year and were both elected.  This is a privilege that I will cherish for the rest of my life!

The swearing-in ceremony was very much a family affair, with toddlers wandering around the front, the Speaker of the House’s daughter playing the violin for the national anthem, and one legislator standing and saying “present” with her adorable twin daughters in her arms.  Maine families are the glue that binds this state together and I am proud to serve the families of New Gloucester and Poland.  As legislators, we need to set an example for our children of civility, restraint, responsibility, and kindness.  Much was said at the ceremony of the need for the parties to work together, and I couldn’t agree more.  The attitude of those in attendance was one of camaraderie, and I am optimistic that it will last.

We did, however, have one close call.  As Troy Jackson, the Senate President and a former logger, hammered his gavel near the end of the day, a large splinter broke off and flew over half of the state Senate! Thankfully, nobody went home in bandages.

May you have a joyous Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Amy Arata
Representative for House District 65

Maine PUC announces text to 911 available throughout Maine

Hallowell, Maine. The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) announced today that text to 911 is now available at all 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) throughout Maine. The Commission�€™s Emergency Services Communications Bureau (ESCB) has been working with major wireless telecommunications carriers over the last several months to complete and test this advancement in technology. Read more

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.

Another chance to hear from gubernatorial candidates

The Portland Press Herald and the University of New England will host a gubernatorial debate on Wednesday, October 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m., featuring candidates Alan Caron (I), Terry Hayes (I), Janet Mills (D) and Shawn Moody (R). The forum will be moderated by Carol Coultas, PPH Business Editor.
Bill Nemitz, PPH Columnist and Greg Kesich, PPH Editorial Page Editor, will serve as panelists.

Streaming live on pressherald.com