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November 30, 2011

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Ray Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ray Wallace was sworn into office today by Governor Paul LePage after winning a special election to fill a vacant seat in House District 24.

Rep. Wallace (R-Dexter) said he was motivated to run for office by the reform agenda championed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate...

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Turnpike Bill Unanimously Endorsed by Transportation Committee

May 13, 2011

AUGUSTA - The Transportation Committee today voted unanimous approval of a bill to overhaul the financial and administrative procedures of the Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA). The 12-0 "Ought to Pass" recommendation sets the stage for action by the full Legislature.

The bill, LD 1538, is sponsored by State Rep. Rich Cebra (R-Naples), House chair of the Transportation panel. Fifty legislators of both parties have signed on as cosponsors. The legislation implements some of the recommendations of ...

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Health insurance reform clears initial hurdle in Maine House

May 5, 2011

AUGUSTA - Landmark legislation to revamp Maine's health insurance market cleared a critical hurdle today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 76-72. The measure, designed to generate more competition and bring rates closer to national norms, now moves to the Senate. Final enactment votes in both bodies could come as early as next week.

"The people of our state are the winners today," said House Speaker Robert Nutting. "For years, reasonable proposals to fix a dysfunctional health insur...

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Transportation Committee Votes to End Automatic Indexing of Gas Tax

April 8, 2011

AUGUSTA - In an 8-5 work session vote, Republicans on the Transportation Committee voted today to end the automatic indexing of the gasoline tax, which has been in effect for more than a decade.

During the next biennial budget period, beginning July 1, drivers would save an estimated $12.5 million in additional gas taxes if the committee's decision survives budget negotiations. In fiscal year 2014, motorists would save about $14 million, according to budget documents, because the tax compo...

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10th Amendment Measure Set To Proceed in Legislature

March 7, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Rich Cebra has received clearance to submit a bill that would put Maine on record as lining up behind the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The legislation is positioned as a joint resolution, modeled on one passed in Oklahoma in 2008. It would "demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers."

It further states: "That all compulsory fe...

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Rescuing Maine's Public Pension System

February 7, 2011

By Rep. Eleanor Espling

In running for the Legislature last year, I campaigned on the need to reduce Maine's state debt, which has now reached $12.7 billion. One of the largest pieces of that debt is $4.3 billion owed to the system that pays pensions to teachers and state employees. As someone more accustomed to dealing with my household budget, such huge sums of money are hard to imagine. But what is easy to imagine is that paying off this enormous debt could squeeze out other state respon...

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House Republicans Commend Gov. LePage for 'Sanctuary State' Repeal

February 7, 2011

AUGUSTA - House Republicans today commended Gov. Paul LePage for rescinding a policy that barred state employees from inquiring about the citizenship status of individuals applying for welfare benefits. In repealing the policy, which dates back to 2004, the governor said he wants to take care of Mainers first.

The executive order creating the policy effectively made Maine the only so-called "sanctuary state" in the nation, where people in the country illegally could apply for welfare on an ...

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Rep. Rich Cebra to chair Transportation Committee

January 10, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Rich Cebra has been named House chair of the Transportation Committee, putting him in position to shape policy on issues ranging from driver's licenses to railroads and the Maine Turnpike.

He also has been appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Joint Rules, which sets operational guidelines for the 125th Legislature, and he is the chairman of the House Ethics Committee.

Rep. Cebra (R-Naples), now in his fourth legislative term, brings strong experience to his new c...

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House Republicans Commend Gov. LePage for 'Sanctuary State' Repeal

January 7, 2011

AUGUSTA - House Republicans today commended Gov. Paul LePage for rescinding a policy that barred state employees from inquiring about the citizenship status of individuals applying for welfare benefits. In repealing the policy, which dates back to 2004, the governor said he wants to take care of Mainers first.

The executive order creating the policy effectively made Maine the only so-called "sanctuary state" in the nation, where people in the country illegally could apply for welfare on an ...

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House Republicans Commend Gov. LePage for 'Sanctuary State' Repeal

January 7, 2011

AUGUSTA - House Republicans today commended Gov. Paul LePage for rescinding a policy that barred state employees from inquiring about the citizenship status of individuals applying for welfare benefits. In repealing the policy, which dates back to 2004, the governor said he wants to take care of Mainers first.

The executive order creating the policy effectively made Maine the only so-called "sanctuary state" in the nation, where people in the country illegally could apply for welfare on an ...

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Republican response to the governor's weekly address

December 18, 2010

Greetings, this is Rich Cebra, state representative from Naples.

When Maine voters elected Republican majorities in the House and Senate last month, they sent a clear message. They want action on jobs and the state's economy. For too long, we have watched as our young people leave here because they see greater career opportunities in other states. For too long, we have seen jobs disappear and more and more people slide into welfare dependency. And for too long, we have wondered why Maine h...

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Labor Committee flap much ado about nothing

December 17, 2010

By Rep. Rich Cebra

When Maine voters elected Republican majorities in the House and Senate last month, they sent a clear message. They want action on jobs and the state's economy.

For too long, we have watched as our young people leave here because they see greater career opportunities in other states. For too long, we have seen jobs disappear and more and more people slide into welfare dependency. And for too long, we have wondered why Maine has to consistently suffer from economic mala...

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Pension crisis creates legislative challenge

November 22, 2010

By Rep. Rich Cebra

As a new Legislature begins, one of the most important discussions will involve the public pension system for teachers and state workers. The cost of the system has exploded recently and threatens to squeeze other government functions, such as schools and MaineCare. Moreover, writing a new state budget in lean times will be greatly complicated by a pension system devouring ever-larger amounts of tax money, year after year.

This is no minor issue. We're talking about th...

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