These past few weeks have been very hectic and filled with great ups and downs in Augusta.
Last week, I experienced disappointment when some representatives changed their earlier votes and supported the governor’s veto of my bipartisan supported fraud prevention bill to protect Maine homeowners. The governor was, after several requests, unwilling to speak to me prior to his veto decision, which was based primarily on the input of the banking lobby. The support of the Maine Credit Union League for LD 145, however, was greatly appreciated.
On the same day, I was grateful to learn that the governor signed my synthetic hallucinogenic drug bill, which I submitted thanks to a request from Eliot Police Chief Ted Short.
It was my great honor to co-sponsor LD 1698, An Act to Establish Veterans Treatment Courts. This bill authorizes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to establish veteran treatment courts and to seek federal funding for these courts. The sponsor, Rep Maeghan Maloney said at a recent press conference to mark its final passage, ”Our veterans have put their lives on the line for our freedom and safety. Now we will be able to give them the targeted help that so many of them need as they return home.”
A total of 8 Marshwood Great Works 4th grade classes visited the State House this spring. I had the distinct honor of being “Clergy for the Day” by composing and giving the opening prayer for one of the House Chamber sessions. This month, I gained the approval for a joint resolution to recognize May as National Foster Care Month in Maine and a legislative sentiment for our winning MHS wrestling team.
Several other visits brightened my days at “my home away from home.” Eliot home-schooled student Katherine Mercer (who also served as Honorary Page for the day) and her mom, Carol Mercer, visited me. I had a nice visit with Helen and Paul Goransson of Bondgarden Farm. And most recently, Kathy Bousquet, 3rd Grade Teacher at Central Elementary School and nominee for Teacher of the Year, visited along with CES Principal Vicki Stewart, RSU35 Curriculum Director Eric Waddell and several of Kathy’s students and their parents.
I will provide updates on the education and energy bills as well as the Interstate Bridge Authority in my next e-newsletter.
We have so much to be grateful and thankful for in our communities of Eliot and South Berwick. Thanks again for your support and encouragement.
All the best,