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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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Protecting politicians not goal of redistricting

September 22, 2011

By Rep. Les Fossel

Reading Mike Tipping's Sept. 21 editorial about redistricting ("GOP redistricting shenanigans in Maine and Pennsylvania"), it is immediately apparent that the author is familiar with neither the purpose of reapportionment nor the process. As a member of the Reapportionment Commission, I believe it would be beneficial to your readers to set the record straight.

Tipping states, "Republicans have instead proposed moving 360,000 Mainers from one district to another" Let me be ...

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Plan to study health care costs passes House, moves to Senate

June 1, 2011

AUGUSTA - The Maine House today gave unanimous final approval to a joint order that seeks to create a legislative committee to examine ways to control the cost of health care in the state. The measure, HP 597, now goes to the Senate.

Rep. Les Fossel (R-Alna), who sponsored the legislation, said Maine has the highest per capita health care cost in the nation at more than $7,000. "The cost is growing at 7.8 percent a year, the fastest pace in the country," he said. "Health care absorbs almost 24...

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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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Rep. Les Fossel Takes Strong Stand for Retaining School Choice in Town of Alna

April 12, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Les Fossel has taken a strong position against a bill to curtail school choice for residents of the Town of Alna and the Town of Westport Island. He said the legislation, currently before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, is a "flawed" attempt to force Alna students in kindergarten through eighth grade to attend Wiscasset schools.

The bill, LD 1214, would permit the voters in Regional School Unit 12 to vote at referendum on whether to end K-8 school choice f...

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Rep. Les Fossel Named to Key Health Policy Council

February 15, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Les Fossel has been appointed to the Advisory Council on Health Systems Development, a key panel established to explore ways to hold down the cost of health care in the state. The council also will help mesh Maine's health care system with the new federal health law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).

"I'm honored to be selected for this assignment," said Rep. Fossel (R-Alna), a second term legislator. "There are few things more critical to Ma...

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Rep. Les Fossel takes post on Health and Human Services Committee

January 28, 2011

AUGUSTA -- State Rep. Les Fossel has been appointed to the high-profile Health and Human Services Committee (HHS), giving him an influential voice in shaping legislation on issues ranging from MaineCare and medical marijuana to homelessness.

"I'm delighted to be serving on this committee," said Rep. Fossel (R-Alna), a second-term legislator. "As a business owner who has worked for years in and outside the Legislature on lowering the cost of health care, I am looking forward to being in a po...

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