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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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Rep. Michael Willette Presents Bill to Assess Convicted Criminals the Cost of Police Work

April 8, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Michael Willette (R-Presque Isle) today presented legislation to help counties and municipalities recover part of the cost of police action when a defendant is found guilty of felony or misdemeanor crimes and OUI offenses.

His bill, LD 667, would establish a Municipal and County Reimbursement Fee of $100, to be assessed on top of fines, fees and surcharges, which currently are all paid to the State of Maine.

"Counties and municipalities do not receive any portion...

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Rep. Mike Willette Appointed to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee

February 18, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Mike Willette has been named to the Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, giving him an influential voice in a range of areas, from election law and veterans' programs to off-track betting.

"This committee was one of my top choices," said Rep. Willette (R-Presque Isle), a second-term legislator. "As a former Army medic, I'm deeply interested in veterans' affairs and making sure Maine's vets are well-treated. The committee will be busy this session with ga...

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Budget Proposal Holds Many Tax Surprises

February 16, 2011

By Rep. Michael Willette

The most important bill the Legislature will handle this year is the state budget for the next two years, set to begin on July 1. The starting point is Governor LePage's $6.1 billion spending plan, which he outlined to a joint session of the Legislature on February 10. Under our system of checks and balances, the governor proposes a budget and the Legislature makes changes as it sees fit based on countless hours of public hearings and work sessions.

Clearly, cert...

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