Maine House floor debate on LD 1113, "An Act To Provide Tax Fairness to Maine's Middle Class and Working Families" aka the "Buffett Rule bill", sponsored by Majority Leader Rep Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham), June 19, 2013. The bill passed the House by a 88-51 vote and was killed by an unanimous indefinite postponement in the Senate.
The School Budget passed all three towns in RSU 23, the school budget will continue to be voted on by the people, and the Stackpole Bridge bond failed. See election results below from the City of Saco...
Rep. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, a co-sponsor of LD 1279 and member of the State and Local Government Committee, spoke passionately in favor of the bill, arguing that having voters elect constitutional officers would promote transparency and be a more democratic, less partisan process than the current system.
On the House floor, House Minority Leader Kenneth Fredette, R-Newport, called the current process in Maine “a relic.” Rep. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, said the process forces candidates to campaign in secret by hobnobbing with legislators.
The Advocate, the nation's leading LGBT magazine, has named Rep. Justin Chenette to the their annual list of 40 Under 40 leaders that include other accomplished leaders in politics, sports, science, religion, and the arts.
Rep. Justin Chenette
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