For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - State Rep. Mike Willette, a second-term legislator from Presque Isle, compiled an excellent voting record during the 125th Legislature. He was present for 93.5 percent of the 369 roll call votes taken in the Maine House.
"Voting on issues that affect the people of Maine is one of the most important jobs of a legislator," said Rep. Willette, who serves on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee. "The citizens of Presque Isle expect me to be their voice in the Legislature, and I take that responsibility very seriously."
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 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. Willette said he 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.
"It was an epic session," he said. "We tackled a number of critical issues that should have been addressed years ago. Much of what we accomplished was aimed at creating jobs and a better economic future for the residents of our state. Initial results are already very encouraging. In the latest CNBC rating of most business-friendly states, Maine has moved up from 40th to 35th over the last year."
Rep. Willette has maintained a small business in the Presque Isle area for years and is co-owner of Big Bear Real Estate Company. He was also a firefighter and is an Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm, where he served as a combat medic. It was during his service in that conflict that he received the Combat Medic Badge and the Desert Storm Service Medal. ###
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