Mainers Head to Polls to Vote on Bond Issues
Maine residents are voting today on whether to accept five different borrowing packages totaling $150 million that would fund improvements to Maine roads and bridges, armories, and colleges. For a list of the bond issues, click here.
There are also local elections for mayor and school boards, as well as other referendum questions.
Polls close at 8 p.m. statewide.
Second Session Bills by the Numbers
This week the Legislative Council voted on which bills will be allowed into the Second Session of the 126th Legislature. The Maine Constitution only allows legislation that is considered by be emergency in nature to be considered during the second session, which begins in January 2014.
About 400 bills were submitted by lawmakers. Of those, 31 percent of Democrat proposed bills made it in, while only 11 percent of Republican bills made the cut.
The Bangor Daily News has an interesting breakdown and analysis. Please click here for the full story.
Opportunities Lost in Bill Selection for Second Session
AUGUSTA – Maine Senate Republican leaders say they were disappointed, but not surprised by many of the Legislative Council’s decisions on which bills will go before the Legislature when it convenes in January.
The Legislative Council today considered nearly 400 bills that were submitted for consideration for the Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature. The Council has a Democrat majority with six Democrat lawmakers and four Republicans.
Despite being rejected during the previous legislative session, the Council decided to once again take up a massive Medicaid expansion in Maine.
Senator Pat Flood Appointed to Committees on Corrections, Taxes,
and Mental Health
AUGUSTA – State Senator Pat Flood (R-Kennebec) has been appointed by the President
of the Maine Senate to serve on several committees that are considering some of the most important public policy issues in the state.
“I’m pleased to serve on these timely committees and commissions and appreciate the opportunities to serve. I will do my best, Senator Flood said.
Senator Flood will be serving on the Blue Ribbon Commission to Study the State Board of Corrections and the Unified County Corrections System. Members of this panel will be reviewing the current structure of the county jail corrections system, including its finances and evaluating the corrections system mission at large.