April 5, 2010

It's 'the table' for bills that lack funding

By Susan M. Cover scover@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

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That tax is expected to bring in about $71,000 a year.

The medical marijuana bill – separate from the tax bill – passed in the Senate on an initial vote Friday and next will be taken up in the House.


Rep. Gary Plummer, R-Windham, told his House colleagues last week he was disappointed that Democrats cheered after someone made an announcement that "we now had national health care."

"It was the raucous display that followed that bothered me," he said. "It cut me like a knife."

He said that same day, his 87-year-old mother was undergoing treatment in a hospital.

"It is my sincere belief that if nationalized, socialized health care had been in place, my mother would have been judged too old to receive the extensive testing she received," he said.


The Maine State Museum will host a talk at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday by curators Bruce Bourque and Laurie LaBar, the creators of the exhibit "Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing and Costume."

The exhibit showcases more than 100 objects that feature the textile arts of the Wabanaki, many of which are bring shown in Maine for the first time, according to the museum.

"The exhibit's exceptional objects, dating from prehistory to the late 1800s, demonstrate how careful observation of traditional textiles and costume can provide insights into Wabanaki history," LaBar said.

The event is free and open to the public.


The University of Maine at Augusta Alumni Association will sponsor two forums this week featuring several of the candidates running for governor. It's a good chance to see the candidates live in Augusta.

On Tuesday, the panel will feature Steve Rowe, Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell, Rosa Scarcelli, Donna Dion, John Richardson and Martin Vachon.

On Thursday, the lineup will be Les Otten, Sen. Peter Mills, Steve Abbott, Eliot Cutler, Kevin Scott and John Whitcomb.

The forums will be held at 6 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.


Lawmakers plan to take final votes on everything over the next couple of days with leaders expected to adjourn by midweek.


MaineToday Media State House Reporter Susan M. Cover can be contacted at 620-7015 or at:



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