Second Session of the Legislature is underway

 Rep. Caleb Ness (R-Fryeburg)

The Second Regular Session of the Legislature is underway with committee meetings and Public Hearings being held on bills. Although the second session is typically reserved for emergency bills, we are considering a large number of bills that have been held over from last session.  

I serve on the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business. Currently, much of our focus is on implementing the citizen-initiated Right-to-Repair law overwhelmingly passed by Maine voters this past November. This involves balancing out issues with current law and trying to implement it in a way that avoids a court challenge similar to what has occurred in Massachusetts.

At the direction of Governor Janet Mills, Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) begin conducting a Preliminary Damage Assessment of the January 10 and January 13 storms that caused significant flooding and infrastructure damage, especially along the Maine coast. The request is the first formal step toward requesting another Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal government.

If FEMA agrees that costs resulting from the back-to-back storms are beyond the State’s abilities to address, as determined by a federal financial statutory threshold, the Governor will formally request a Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden.

VISITING THE STATE HOUSE

I have written to schools in the towns of Lovell, Fryeburg, Brownfield, Hiram, and Porter to invite students to visit the State House. I got my first taste of legislative work back in the early 2010’s when my sister and I had the opportunity to be honorary pages in the Maine State Senate. Honorary pages get to see the legislature in action as session participants. They pass notes between legislators during session. It is an amazing experience and extremely educational. 

I want to extend the same invitation to anyone that wants to visit the Capitol. My office can help arrange a tour.

I appreciate hearing from constituents, especially if there is any way that I can help with state matters. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance at Caleb.Ness@legislature.maine.gov or call 207 287-1440. Thank you for your interest reading this and for your input and support.

Sincerely, 

Rep. Caleb Ness (R-Fryeburg)

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