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For Immediate Release

Date: 06/25/12

State Rep. Kim Olsen Posts Perfect Voting Record

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Kimberly Olsen, a first-term legislator from Phippsburg, compiled an excellent voting record during the 125th Legislature. She was present for 100 percent of the roll call votes taken, making her one of only 19 of the 151 representatives with a perfect score.

"Legislators have many duties, including a lot of constituent work, but voting is critical, and I take it very seriously," said Rep. Olsen, who serves on the Marine Resources Committee. "There were numerous important votes over these two years, and it's important to be at your desk in the House Chamber when the voting takes place. The citizens of my district expect me to be their voice in Augusta."

During the two years of the legislative term, lawmakers dealt with 2,049 bills. Of these, 700 became law, ranging from large bills, such as the state budget, to minor technical changes. The House held 369 roll call votes. Most bills are voted unanimously to either pass or fail out of committee, and the House usually honors the wishes of the committee with a unanimous vote on the floor that is not recorded. This process is called passing a bill "under the hammer."

Rep. Olsen said she is proud of the work that has been accomplished, which includes reform of the public pension system, regulatory relief, welfare reform and the largest tax cut in Maine history. "We tackled a number of critical issues that should have been addressed years ago," she said. "Much of what we did was aimed at creating jobs and a better economic future for the residents of our state."

Rep. Olsen represents District 64, which includes Harpswell, Phippsburg and part of West Bath. She is a carpenter/contractor who works with her husband in their custom building business. Rep. Olsen, a graduate of the University of Maine, has worked as an education technician in special education and spent seven years managing and guiding for a whitewater rafting company in Jackman. ###

Jay Finegan
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