For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - State Rep. Beth O'Connor, a first-term legislator from Berwick, compiled a perfect voting record during the 125th Legislature. She was present for 100 percent of the 369 roll call votes taken in the Maine House during the 117 days it was in session. Only 18 other representatives registered a perfect score.
"Voting is a fundamental responsibility of a legislator," said Rep. O'Connor, who represents Berwick and part of Lebanon. "It's important to be in the House chamber when votes are taking place. I keep the best interests of my district, and the state as a whole, in mind when deciding to vote a bill up or down. Over the last two years, we voted on a number of significant issues."
Rep. O'Connor said she 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 reformed Maine's health insurance law to promote competition and bring the system more in line with the American mainstream.
"We tackled a number of major issues that should have been addressed years ago," she said. "A lot of tough problems had been ignored or kicked down the road for somebody else to deal with. We rolled up our sleeves and did the heavy lifting that preceding Legislatures neglected to do."
Pension reform, she said, will ensure 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," she said, "we made the state much more business-friendly to help generate jobs and a stronger economy to benefit everyone. Going forward, the state will be in much better shape and financially more stable because of the work we did."
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.
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