BREAKING: House overturns LePages’s veto of LD 1390

BREAKING: House overturns LePages’s veto of LD 1390

Today the House voted to overturn the Governor’s veto of my bill LD 1390 “An Act Regarding the Cancellation of Subscription Services.” The bill received a unanimous report out of the LCRED committee.

LD 1390 is at heart a consumer protection bill. The intent of LD 1390 was to protect people from subscriptions designed to trap people with burdensome cancellations. The amended bill states that online services that automatically renew, such as a subscription that charges me each month until cancelled, must provide a way to …

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BDN features my comments on LD 1566 “An Act Regarding School Budgets”

BDN features my comments on LD 1566 “An Act Regarding School Budgets”

Today the Bangor Daily News featured my floor speech on LD 1566 “An Act Regarding School Budgets.” The bill was introduced by Senator Rebecca Millett (D-Cape Elizabeth) and would have enabled local school districts to use the extra education funds that were allocated in the state budget. This was a common sense measure. In fact the committee voted 11 to 2 in favor of the bill. Below is the article:

Law to ease local acceptance of additional state education money fails in House

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, …

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Office Hours and Expanding Health Care Access

Office Hours and Expanding Health Care Access

As always, I’d love to hear from you. If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding your state government please let me know. I’ll be holding my regular “Office Hours,” if you’d like to speak with me:

Saturday, June 15 at Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe, in Brunswick, from 10:00AM till 12:00PM.

If you’re unable to attend please feel free to email me at mattie@mattiedaughry.com or call me at 207-370-9871 with any questions you may have.

Accepting Federal Health Care Dollars

Accepting federal health care dollars to cover uninsured Maine …

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My bill LD 671 passes the House and Senate

My bill LD 671 passes the House and Senate

My bill LD 671 “An Act to Protect Charter Schools by Requiring Them to be Operated as Nonprofit Organizations,” has now passed the House and Senate. It now heads to the Governor’s desk to be signed. We will have to wait and see what he decides to do with this bill.

Below is an article from the Bangor Daily News about my bill:

House and Senate Agree that charter schools should be totally nonprofit

by Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff, June 3rd, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would require …

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Universal Pre-K in Maine

Universal Pre-K in Maine

Universal Pre-K in Maine

by Helen White

Why is Pre-K needed?

As discussed in a prior post on Year Round Schooling, one of the greatest injustices in our education system is the so-called “achievement gap.” The achievement gap points to the marked difference in academic accomplishment between high- and low-income students, even if they attend the same school and have the same teachers. In the piece on Year Round Schooling, it was shown that some of this gap was the result of the enriching …

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My floor speech on LD 474 “An Act to Require Edible Landscaping in a Portion of Capitol Park.”

My floor speech on LD 474 “An Act to Require Edible Landscaping in a Portion of Capitol Park.”

Today I gave a floor speech in support of LD 474, “An Act to Require Edible Landscaping in a Portion of Capitol Park.” The bill was introduced by Representative Craig Hickman and I was a proud co-sponsor. The bill passed 107-33. I’m very excited to be a part of this next step in Capitol Park’s history!

Thank you Mr. Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen of the house I rise in support of the pending motion.

In 1920, Frederick Law Olmsted’s firm was commissioned by Governor Miliken to prepare …

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Maine Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility endorse my bill banning Coal Tar Pavement Products

Maine Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility endorse my bill banning Coal Tar Pavement Products

I am proud to be the sponsor of LD 1212 “An Act To Prohibit Coal Tar Pavement Products.” Please check out this wonderful article from Coal Tar Free America about the Maine Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility’s endorsement of the bill:

http://coaltarfreeamerica.blogspot.com/2013/04/maine-physicians-praise-daughtry-on.html

The bill will have its public hearing on Monday, May 6 at 9 AM in the Cross Building in Augusta (Room 216). I would love to have some local support. Let me know if you have any questions about the bill or if you …

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LD 843, “An Act to Promote the Financial Literacy of High School Students.”

LD 843, “An Act to Promote the Financial Literacy of High School Students.”

I am proud to be a co-sponsor of LD 843 “An Act to Promote the Financial Literacy of High School Students.” The bill was introduced by my fellow co-chair of the Youth Caucus, Representative Matt Pouliot. The bill would ensure that all young Mainers leave our school system with a good grounding in financial literacy. It was a pleasure to work on this bill with Rep. Pouliot and I hope we can pass this important measure. 

You can read a great article about the bill and …

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A Case for Year Round Schooling

A Case for Year Round Schooling

I am an advocate for lengthening the school year. One model that I’m particularly interested in is the Year Round School Calendar (YRS). My intern, Helen White, prepared this fantastic crash course intro to YRS and I wanted to share it with all of you. Let me know what you think! The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, in Fairfield, is now using a YRS. Could this calendar be a possibility for Maine to help our students excel? 

A Case for Year Round Schooling

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My floor speech on LD 611 “An Act To Adjust Maine’s Minimum Wage Annually Based on Cost-of-living Changes”

My floor speech on LD 611 “An Act To Adjust Maine’s Minimum Wage Annually Based on Cost-of-living Changes”

Below are the written remarks that I prepared for my floor speech yesterday on LD 611 “An Act To Adjust Maine’s Minimum Wage Annually Based on Cost-of-living Changes.” The House voted (86-58) to pass the bill.

The solutions to our economic problems require that we build from the middle out, not from the top down, and reinvigorate Maine’s middle class. We need to make sure that every employee is getting a livable wage by raising Maine’s minimum wage. We need to make sure that our workers, especially …

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