For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - State Rep. Dave Johnson compiled one of the best voting records in the Legislature over the last two years, voting on 99.2 percent of all roll call votes held in the Maine House during the 117 days it was in session.
"Voting on issues that directly affect our state is serious business," said Rep. Johnson (R-Eddington), a former Marine. "We tackled a number of vital issues that had been neglected for years and made some difficult decisions."
Rep. Johnson, who serves on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, said he is proud of the work of the 125th Legislature, which includes reform of the public pension system, regulatory relief and welfare reform. The Legislature also overhauled Maine's health insurance law to promote competition and bring the system more in line with the American mainstream. Early results show the new approach is holding down or reducing rates in the individual and small-group markets.
He noted that pension reform 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 and eliminate state income tax liability for some 70,000 low- and moderate-income residents.
"Overall, we made the state much more business-friendly to help generate jobs and a stronger economy to benefit everyone," Rep. Johnson pointed out. "The structural reforms we made to several programs will make it easier for future Legislatures to balance the budget."
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. This procedure is called passing a bill "under the hammer." The House held 369 roll call votes, which form the basis for a voting record.
Rep. Johnson's district includes Bradley, part of Brewer, Clifton, Dedham, Eddington and Holden. ###
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