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Rep. Sharri MacDonald In the News

Dems Shut Out Debate on GOP Welfare Compromise

April 8, 2014

AUGUSTA - The Democratic majority in the Maine House of Representatives late Tuesday prevented a vote on a compromise amendment on the last remaining welfare reform bill, LD 1822, which would prevent the use of welfare funds to buy certain prohibited items such as tobacco and alcohol. Rep. Sharri MacDonald (R-Old Orchard Beach) introduced the compromise amendment.

"This is a sad day for the taxpayers of Maine and for anybody who believes reaching a compromise should be a goal in gover...

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Republicans Rally for Welfare Reform

April 7, 2014

AUGUSTA - Maine House and Senate Republican lawmakers on Friday afternoon rallied outside the State House to urge their Democratic colleagues to listen to their constituents and pass comprehensive welfare reform. They shared their own stories and those of their constituents regarding welfare abuse in Maine.

"As a town manager and a former police officer, I have a pretty good finger on the pulse of my community," said Rep. James Gillway (R-Searsport), sponsor of LD 1842, which eliminates ex...

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OOB Rep. MacDonald Sponsors Welfare Reform Bill

March 27, 2014

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Sharri MacDonald (R-Old Orchard Beach) has sponsored legislation introduced by Governor Paul LePage to curb abuse in Maine's welfare system. The bill, LD 1822, is entitled "An Act To Increase Integrity in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program" and would make it illegal for benefits to be expended on tobacco, liquor, imitation liquor, gambling, lottery tickets, or bail.

"This is a much-needed measure to bring some sanity to Maine's welfare system," said ...

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Fredette, LePage Roll Out Welfare Reform Bills

March 24, 2014

AUGUSTA - House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport on Monday morning joined Governor Paul LePage, Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Mary Mayhew, and Mayor Bob MacDonald of Lewiston in introducing four bills designed to reform Maine's welfare system.

Rep. Fredette introduced bills to require job-ready welfare applicants to apply for three jobs and to eliminate exceptions to work search requirements last fall, but Democratic leadership blocked them fro...

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Military Recruiter Bills Spark Fiery Debate in Maine House

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 ...

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Rep. Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

November 30, 2011

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November 21, 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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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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