2017-02-17 Update

Legislative Update


Despite two rather big storms, one cancelled legislative session and one re-organized legislative session, the week was busy.






Looking Ahead


   WHAT: Constituent Office Hours
   WHO: Sen. Nate Libby, Rep. Jared Golden, Rep. Heidi Brooks, Rep. James Handy and Rep. Roger Fuller
   WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
   WHERE: Couture Room, Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon Street
Members of Lewiston’s delegation to the Legislature will hold constituent office hours from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Saturday, February 25, in the Couture Room at Lewiston Public Library.
The office hours provide local residents a chance for Lewiston residents to meet with their elected officials and discuss legislative and state government matters.


House Calendars


   Tuesday, February 14, 2017

   Thursday, February 16, 2017


Bill Text can be found using this link called Directory of Bills
Link to Bill Status

Events Calendars

   Click this link ot see an events calendar - Events

   Or, see the calendar in the side bar to the left.


This week in the House -

The House Calendar shows that the week was really spent in referring bills to appropriate committees. Perhaps most interesting of all was the Thursday evening address to both the House and Senate from Chief Justice Leigh Saufley. You can read a review of her remarks from the Bangor Daily News at this link - State of the Judiciary

This week in the Education Committee

The Education Committee had a very full agenda for this week. You can always check on the topics being discussed by going to the events calendars mentioned above - as I always try to put the agenda there.


For me, it was the first time I had the opportunity to present a bill - a kind of transitional event. So much of the process reminded me of the skills learned in so many years of debate, so it felt both comfortable and challenging. You can read a transcript of the testimony by going to this link - LD841



So much of legislation involves regulation. It is the job of government to regulate; however, can we ask question about creative incentives? Regulation by its nature tends to be constrictive - well, regulatory.

In what ways can the leaders and planners in government create incentives for people and industry to do the right thing? Can we move from regulation to creative incentives?


We worry about what students know, so we create a regulation regarding testing. In fact, we test students every year in an attempt to regulate education.


Can we instead ask students to demonstrate what they know and can do? Can we say, “Show me your work.”




As we continue to have discussions on immigration, here is a video on what it takes to become a United States Citizen.  This video clearly outlines the vetting process.





The legislature is on February break next week.


As always, let me know what you think by calling or writing. 

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