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“The Middle Class Opportunity Act includes billions of dollars of tax cuts directed at American families most in need of relief—middle class households with new children, those taking care of children or aging parents, and those with higher education expenses.” Thanks, Tom!
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The bill with the incredibly long name is aimed at getting rid of the chemical deca – the flame retardant chemical found in virtually everything. It was signed into law by Governor Baldacci. There are safer alternatives to deca, which tends to leech out of household items and into us.
Popularity: 72%

Popularity: 72%
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Buckle Up

It seems unusual that in Maine you can ride a motorcycle with no helmet and nothing even remotely like a seat belt to keep you on the vehicle, but driving a car without a seat belt is about to become a primary offense. This means that a cop can pull you over for not […]

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LD 1011, is “An Act To Enhance Child Support Collections in Maine” by hitting deadbeat parents right where it hurts: in the ATV. John Martin (D/Aroostook) is proposing legislation that would prevent a person who defaults on child support payments from registering a snowmobile, ATV, or subsequent motor vehicle registration. No […]

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Nutting’s Law of Jury Duty

Sen. John Nutting is sponsoring a bill to raise the daily compensation and the mileage fee for people serving jury duty from $10 to $50 bucks a day and from 15 cents per mile to 36 cents per mile.
Popularity: 68%

Popularity: 68%
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Maine House Gets the LD Out

The Maine House has voted unanimously in support of a resolution vowing to pass a budget that remains within spending caps set in under the property tax relief bill known as LD 1.
Popularity: 53%

Popularity: 53%
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The 2007 legislative session includes a record 2,400 items on the to do list including bills to overhaul property taxes and state taxes, expand health care coverage, crack down on repeat drunk drivers, track stalkers via wireless technology, and increase pay for jurors. Our vote for most popular? A constitutional amendment to freeze […]

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The Scarlet Toyota

It’s not just a time-honored tradition to shop for a blind mechanic when car inspection time rolls around — it’s an art — passed down from the village elders to the younger generation. But now, a change in the motor vehicle inspection rules will require mechanics who flunk your vehicle to rip off half […]

Popularity: 71%
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Goveernor Baldacci’s signature upon LD 2111, establishes the Right to Know Advisory Committee, which, in turn, will work to preserve access to public records and proceedings.
Popularity: 7%

Popularity: 7%
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Governor Baldacci signed LD 1889, An Act to Require the Display of POW-MIA Flags at Courthouses, this afternoon. “It’s just a small, but not insignificant way we can continue to show our appreciation to our brave service men and women,” said the Governor.
Popularity: 11%

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Why would a Veterans Administration (VA) data analyst be allowed to take home a CD containing the personal data of 26.5 million veterans? And now that the CD’s been stolen, just how many people have to worry about being compromised. Mike Michaud is cosponsoring HR 5455 – the Veterans Identity Protection Act which could, perhaps, […]

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The first right in the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights should be “right on time.” Time is money as lawyers and Maine’s Supreme Court spar over whether the late signatures should be accepted by the Secretary of State.
TABOR supporters are talking about the “spirit of the law” which is usually a clear signal that […]

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Governor Baldacci signed LD 1758 this morning, “An Act to Require the Maine State Retirement System To Divest Itself of Certain Holdings.” The bill requires the Maine State Retirement System to divest itself of any holdings in the nation of Sudan (read that as any companies that do business with the government of Sudan) in […]

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CSI Augusta

A bill making it easier for someone convicted of a crime to get a new trial based on DNA evidence is on its way to being passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Baldacci.
Currently, if you’re convicted and sentenced to 20+ years, you can request DNA testing of evidence and request a new […]

Popularity: 4%
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The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee approved 11-0 the original LD 1906, an “Act to Safeguard Maine Highways,” a.k.a. “Tina’s Law.” In other words, if you’re a lousy driver who continues to drive under suspension and you actually kill someone in the process? You’re looking at 10 years and $20,000. The new bill […]

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L.D. 1987 would require chain pharmacies to post their prices for the 20 most commonly prescribed drugs at their stores, report those prices to the state and see those prices posted on the state’s website.
It’s called comparison shopping. You know, it happens virtually everywhere else in the free world but pharmacies? Pharmacies […]

Popularity: 3%
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Meals on Wheels Runs Out of Gas

LD 1703, an “Act To Provide Supplemental Funding for Mileage Reimbursement for Volunteers for the Meals on Wheels Programs” sponsored by Rep. James Campbell, (R-Newfield) would raise $100,000 to pay for the gas used by Meals on Wheels. Although Governor Baldacci had included additional money in the supplemental budget for volunteers who deliver state […]

Popularity: 2%
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Minimum wage is about to jump by 50 cents over the next 20 months. Final passage is considered a done deal for LD 235, An Act to Increase the Minimum Wage, and you can thank Maine’s democrats for sponsoring the bill and passing it 76-74, in a vote that fell largely along party lines.
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For some reason, Mainers tend to be less than thrilled with the idea of a methadone clinic in their neighborhood. That’s why Kim Johnson, director of Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse, opposes LD 1875, An Act to Improve Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Services. Johnson argues that many of the bill’s provisions are already […]

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LD 1840, is an Act to Promote Recycling of Cellular Telephones, sponsored by Rep. Chris Babbidge, D-Kennebunk. How much of a problem are junk cellphones? This year an anticipated 30 million cellphones will be decommissioned, yielding 65,000 tons […]

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Rep. Allen announced the release of $1,539,757 in emergency heating assistance funding for Maine and $58,413 for Maine’s Indian tribes. (DHHS released $100 million nationwide.) Meanwhile, Governor Baldacci signed LD 1891, An Act to Provide Funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, adding another $5 million for Mainers who rely […]

Popularity: 4%
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H2Ok: Water Still Free

You may recall earlier efforts to tax bottled water in Maine? It’s gone under.
Popularity: 2%

Popularity: 2%
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Governor Baldacci has signed LD 998, “An Act to Authorize Bond Issues for Ratification by the Voters at the November 2005 Election.” Look for it to appear at a polling place near you in a few months. See the Governor’s site.
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Signed by Governor Baldacci, the new law would actually require school boards to define bullying, harassment and sexual harassment and to develop new policies to deal with the behaviors by September 2006. See BDN.
Popularity: 5%

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This fall it will be illegal to run someone down with your boat, ATV, or snowmobile and either flee the scene or fail to report the accident. See BDN
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