Daughtry bill would tackle student health fees in the UMaine system

Daughtry bill would tackle student health fees in the UMaine system

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Feb. 26, 2015

Contact: Ann Kim [Daughtry], 287-1488

Daughtry bill would tackle student health fees in the UMaine system

Bill would make college more affordable

AUGUSTA – Rep. Mattie Daughtry, D-Brunswick, has submitted legislation that would make it easier for students in the University of Maine system to avoid a student health fee that is often unnecessary.

Daughtry’s measure would allow students to choose whether or not they want to purchase the services covered by the fee.

“Right now, students automatically get charged each semester …

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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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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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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 First Bill: LD 668 “An Act to Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum”

My First Bill: LD 668 “An Act to Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum”

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know that I will be introducing my first bill on Thursday and I’m very excited. LD 668 “An Act to Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum” would ensure that all Maine students learn about Maine’s proud farming heritage and develop an understanding of where their food comes from and how it gets to their plates. My goal with this bill is to strengthen our students connections with the natural world and the world of farming. …

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Public Hearing about Revenue Sharing and Governor LePage’s Proposed Biennial Budget

Public Hearing about Revenue Sharing and Governor LePage’s Proposed Biennial Budget

When and Where?

Wednesday March 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Room 228, State House

What is the Biennial Budget?

Unlike in some other states, Maine passes a budget for two fiscal years. According to Maine’s constitution, the state must have a balanced budget. If state continues spending and taxing the way it is now, it would run a $756 million deficit over the course of the next two fiscal years. These estimates are reflections of a structural gap between the revenues the state collects and the programs it promises to …

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Three wonderful letters from three inspiring women!

The Forecaster published three letters to the editor endorsing me. The letters come from three women who inspire me daily: Devon Murphy-Anderson, Sue Stableford, and Bronwen Crothers.

Devon is a senior in High School and co-organized the SPEAK OUT Women’s Issues event that was a huge success. Devon and Sophie Simmons were frustrated with the lack of involvement of their peers in the political process. The two of them created the SPEAK OUT event to try and fire people up about the importance of this election for women. …

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Article about the race in The Forecaster

Article about the race in The Forecaster

Today the Forecaster published a piece profiling the three-way race here in District 66:

Three-way race in Brunswick for House District 66 seat

The Forecaster, September 27, 2012

BRUNSWICK — A former corporate lawyer and business owner, a retired science teacher, and an artist and nonprofit business consultant are the three candidates vying for the state House District 66 seat.

The seat is being vacated by Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick,who agreed to not seek re-election in late June.

Fred Horch, 42, is a Green Independent and the only …

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