Youth Caucus Testimony on the College Affordability Bills

Youth Caucus Testimony on the College Affordability Bills

Today the Education Committee heard two bills regarding college affordability: Senator Justin Alfond’s LD 1703 “An Act To Increase College Affordability and the Rate of Degree Completion” and Senator Roger Katz’s LD 1702 “Resolve, Directing the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System To Study the Establishment of a Pilot Program Based on Oregon’s “Pay Forward, Pay Back” Model of Funding Public Postsecondary Education.”

Both bills seek to address the epidemic of college debt in Maine and also directed the state to look …

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Legislative Update: Office Hours this Saturday at Wild Oats Bakery from 10 am to noon!

Legislative Update: Office Hours this Saturday at Wild Oats Bakery from 10 am to noon!

Happy 2014 to all of you. As this year’s legislative session kicks off, I wanted to make sure that I have a chance to hear from you in person and learn what’s on your mind. Please join me this Saturday Jan. 25th, from 10 a.m. to noon, for public office hours at the Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe in the Tontine Mall downtown. Come with your questions, concerns, ideas and opinions.

I have several top legislative priorities this year. Here is a small sample:

Supporting job creation bills, especially …

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Come testify before the Appropriations Committee!

Come testify before the Appropriations Committee!

The Office of Policy and Management was charged with finding savings in the budget and throughout state government. They released a set of wide ranging proposals that contain significant cuts to our education system from funding to charter schools to technology. These cuts could have a dire impact on our state while not creating any real long term savings.

On Friday the 17th at 10 am the Appropriations Committee will be having a public hearing on the proposal. Please take a look at the report and …

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The 126th Maine Legislature is back in session!

The 126th Maine Legislature is back in session!

The Legislature is back in session today! I’m looking forward to the work ahead and I’m excited to start!

You can follow us online at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/

You can also watch us live through MPBN’s Capital Connection: http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineCapitolConnection.aspx

 

 

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Health Insurance Exchanges open today in Maine

Health Insurance Exchanges open today in Maine

Today, the Health Insurance Exchanges begin operations in Maine. If you need to sign-up for health insurance under the Exchange, please visit www.enroll207.com for more information, or call 1-800-965-7476. There will be financial assistance available to many Mainers through the Affordable Care Act. Also I will be organizing a forum for later in the month where folks can come and learn more and get all of their health care questions answered.

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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 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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