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For Immediate Release

Date: 06/27/12

Rep. Heather Sirocki posts perfect voting record

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Heather Sirocki, a first-term legislator from Scarborough, compiled a perfect voting record during the 125th Legislature, voting on all 369 roll call votes held in the House. Only 19 representatives out of 151 achieved a 100 percent record.

"I take my duty of voting very seriously," said Rep. Sirocki, who serves on the Health and Human Services Committee. "The citizens of my district expect me to be their voice in Augusta. Legislators have many duties, including a lot of constituent service and committee work. However, voting is the most critical thing we do."

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. Most bills are voted unanimously to either pass or fail out of committee, and the full House usually follows the committee lead with a unanimous vote on the floor that is not recorded. This procedure is called passing a bill "under the hammer."

Rep. Sirocki 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. The Legislature also undertook a long-overdue reform of Maine's health insurance system to bring it more in line with the American mainstream. Early results show the new approach is holding down rates in the individual and small-group markets

"We tackled a number of critical issues that should have been addressed years ago," Rep. Sirocki said. "Much of what we did was aimed at creating jobs and a better future for the residents of our state."

Rep. Sirocki represents District 128, which includes part of Scarborough. She is a registered dental hygienist and was able to apply her professional knowledge to the extensive debates about MaineCare. She identifies her policy areas of particular interest to be health care, education, the challenges of small businesses and farmers and the financial burden placed on Maine taxpayers. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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