Rep. Kathleen Chase In the News
June 4, 2013
AUGUSTA - The House on Tuesday took up two bills concerning military recruiters in public schools. The first, LD 1502, requires that public high schools allow recruiters to administer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to students who elect to take it. Under the bill, recruiters, not school staff, would take the time to administer the test, which would remain voluntary for the students.
That bill was rejected mostly along party lines, 74-68. Majority Democrats ...
February 13, 2013
AUGUSTA - The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee today voted unanimously to approve a supplemental budget to cover a $35.5 million revenue shortfall and an $87 million Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) budget overrun for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.
The budget presented to the Appropriations Committee by Governor LePage would have significantly trimmed Maine's welfare spending. Republican appropriators negotiated with Democrats to maintain many of the struc...
January 4, 2013
AUGUSTA - Commissioner Sawin Millett of the Department of Financial and Administrative Services (DAFS) briefed the Legislature's Appropriations Committee today and took questions on the recent curtailment order that cuts state spending by $35.5 million through the remainder of fiscal year 2013.
Rep. Kathy Chase (R-Wells), Republican Lead on the Appropriations Committee, was hopeful that the Committee will achieve a positive solution. "We need to work together to solve the budget shortfal...
December 20, 2012
AUGUSTA - House Republicans today named their members to the Legislature's 17 joint standing committees. All except the Government Oversight Committee will have four Republican House members. The 12-member Government Oversight Committee consists of three members from each caucus.
"I am extremely confident in this team of legislators," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport). "The incumbents are coming off of a term where they gained a lot of experience building consensus ...
May 21, 2012
AUGUSTA - The Maine House tonight passed a supplemental budget to fill a $78.5 million gap in the state's 2013 fiscal year. The bipartisan vote was 75-61. The Senate passed the measure earlier today, 19-16.
The bill, LD 1746, which had been under consideration for weeks by the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, deals primarily with a shortfall at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Many of the provisions are structural in nature, meaning the savings will ...
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...
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...
March 3, 2011
By Rep. Kathy Chase
As the Legislature takes up Governor LePage's $6.1 billion budget proposal, the State House has been packed by union members, teachers and other public sector employees concerned about changes to the pension system. Consequently, we are seeing much more media attention than usual being paid to the budget, and I've been asked by many constituents about the details of how the process works.
To clear up any mysteries and rumors about the budget, let me explain some of the b...
January 6, 2011
AUGUSTA - York County legislators announced today that nearly 4.5 miles of Route 109 in Wells have been slated to undergo reconstruction.
"This project has been seven years in the making," said State Sen. Ron Collins (R-York), the new Senate chair of the Transportation Committee. "The York County delegation has worked diligently to ensure that this road made the list of scheduled projects."
The project is due to begin this spring and has been split into two phases because of its com...
January 1, 2011
Greetings and Happy New Year! This is Kathy Chase, state representative from Wells.
This coming week marks the start of a new era for the citizens of Maine. On Wednesday, Paul LePage will be sworn in as governor at the Augusta Civic Center. The next day, the Legislature will convene at the State House to witness the swearing-in of three new constitutional officers - the Attorney General, the Treasurer and the Secretary of State. And there will be a new look to the Legislature itself. For t...