Friday, March 7, 2014
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What were the messages inside the cookies?
"Bold legislation will bring great fortune. Do not fear the Chamber of Commerce."
"Healthy workplaces are worth a fortune. Support paid sick days."
"Bring good fortune to Maine's families with paid sick days."
The Labor Committee will begin consideration of the bill today.
'GOLDEN DELICACY' SENDS MESSAGE
Senate Minority Leader Kevin Raye, R-Perry, handed out tiny jars of his company's mustard to all senators Thursday, a bipartisan gesture meant to encourage his colleagues to check out other Washington County foodstuffs in the Hall of Flags.
"Dip your pretzel into some of that golden delicacy," he said in remarks on the Senate floor. "Try some delicious clam chowder."
Raye also noted that there is still an operating cannery in Maine – in Whiting, to be exact – and that other goodies such as organic milk, breads and blueberry products were also part of the State House event.
TERROR-ALERT SIGNS TO BE POSTED
Rep. Don Pilon, D-Saco, wants to post the color-coded national terror alert system signs in places where travelers will see them, including airports, train stations and bus terminals.
He sponsored a bill to this effect, but the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee decided it didn't require a state law to do it. They killed the bill, but will write a letter directing state emergency management officials to post signs.
Pilon said he envisions 3-foot-by-5-foot signs to let travelers know which level of alert is in effect. Although there are announcements in airports, he said some people would benefit from a visual reminder.
"No one else is putting this in public transportation facilities," Pilon said. "Why can't we take the lead on this and be proactive and inform our travelers?"
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
n Early this week, Gov. John Baldacci is scheduled to unveil his ideas for a bond package, which is likely to total $79 million.
n On Thursday, the Maine Forest Products Council will host a gubernatorial candidates forum at the group's headquarters on Civic Center Drive.
n Friday is a state shutdown day, one of 20 mandated by the Legislature to help balance the budget. This one is a little unusual in that it isn't attached to a holiday, but for citizens, the result is the same. State offices are closed, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
THIS WEEK'S SESSION SCHEDULE
The House and Senate will meet Tuesday and Thursday this week.
And, oddly enough, Franco-American Day is set for St. Patrick's Day, March 17.
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