For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ray Wallace, a first-term legislator from Dexter, posted a perfect voting record during the 125th Legislature. He was present for 100 percent of the roll call votes held in the Maine House after last November, when he won a special election to fill a vacant seat.
"Voting is a privilege and a sacred trust, and I take it very seriously," said Rep. Wallace, who serves on the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee. "This Legislature tackled a number of major issues that should have been addressed years ago. A lot of big problems had been ignored or kicked down the road for somebody else to deal with. That somebody else turned out to be us."
Rep. Wallace said he is proud of the work of the 125th, which includes reform of the public pension system, regulatory relief, welfare reform and the largest tax cut in Maine history. The Legislature also overhauled Maine's health insurance law to promote competition and bring the system more in line with the American mainstream. In addition, he said, the Legislature cleaned up the Maine Turnpike Authority and other troubled or inefficient state agencies.
He said Maine will be in better shape going forward. Pension reform will make sure the system remains solvent while also saving Maine taxpayers more than $3 billion in the next 15 years. Welfare reform is designed to protect Maine's most vulnerable residents while discouraging able-bodied people from making welfare a way of life. Tax cuts will save Mainers hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years. "Overall," he said, "we made the state much more business-friendly to help generate jobs and a stronger economy to benefit everyone."
During the two years of the legislative term, members dealt with 2,049 bills. Of these, 700 became law, ranging from large bills, such as the state budget, to minor technical changes. Many bills are voted unanimously to either pass or fail out of committee, and the House usually follows the committee lead with a unanimous vote on the floor that is not recorded. The House held 369 roll call votes, which form the basis for a voting record.
Rep. Wallace represents District 24, which includes Charleston, Dexter and Garland in Penobscot County and Athens, Harmony and Ripley in Somerset County. ###
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