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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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School districts gain authority to explore health insurance options

June 20, 2011

AUGUSTA - The Legislature last week gave final approval to a bill that will enable school districts to explore options to reduce their health insurance costs.

The measure, LD 1326, passed the House on a bipartisan 83-60 vote on June 15. The Senate voted 18-15 a day later. The bill will become law if signed by Gov. LePage.

State Rep. Ralph Sarty (R-Denmark), the sponsor of the legislation, said the bill gives school districts the flexibility to self-insure or find more affordable plans. "Sch...

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Bill Regarding Insurance for School Districts Clears House

June 9, 2011

AUGUSTA - Maine school districts could get the information needed to explore self-insurance options under a bill passed by the House yesterday on an 81-65 bipartisan vote. The measure now goes to the Senate and would have to come back to the House at least one more time.

State Rep. Ralph Sarty (R-Denmark), the sponsor of LD 1326, said the bill gives school districts the flexibility to self-insure or find more affordable plans. "Schools should have the option to obtain less costly health insur...

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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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Enhanced highway safety is real goal of bicycle bill

April 15, 2011

By Rep. Ralph Sarty

The bicycle bill I presented to the Legislature's Transportation Committee on April 12 provoked a negative reaction, primarily because it proposed a 2 percent surcharge on all sales of bicycles and accessories. However, the true intent of the bill, LD 1189, was less about the tax and more about calling attention to a law passed a couple of years ago. That law requires motor vehicles to give at least three feet of clearance to a bicyclist when passing one or more bikes. This...

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Rep. Ralph Sarty Moves Forward with Bill to Let School Districts Self-Insure

March 25, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ralph Sarty has received formal language for legislation to give school districts the flexibility to self-insure. The goal, he says, is to allow schools the option to obtain less costly health insurance policies during this time of financial pressure.

The bill - An Act to Allow School Administrative Units the Option to Seek Less Expensive Health Insurance Alternatives - has been published by the Revisor of Statutes and is expected to soon be assigned a Legislative Docu...

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