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    March 19, 2010

    Legislative bill aimed at helping to find lost adults

    The Maine House of Representatives has given its support to a bill that would create a program to better train police on how to respond to missing adults with disabilities. There was some opposition, however, including from local legislators. The House voted 102-41 on March 16 to approve LD 1610, which would establish the Silver Alert Program. This bill would require all law enforcement agencies to adopt …

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    March 17, 2010

    Proposal to close records meets opposition

    Historians are criticizing a bill that would seal birth, marriage and death records for 100 years. The bill, LD 1781, received the support of the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature, which held a public hearing on March 3. Supporters have said it will help to prevent identify theft. But the proposal is being met by considerable opposition. “We do need to update record-keeping practices to …

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    March 16, 2010

    Camden National details embezzlement allegations

    A former longtime loan officer for Camden National Bank is suspected of embezzling nearly $750,000 from at least five different customers for more than two years. And the former employee — Christina L. Torres-York of Warren — left a written confession to the bank in a night depository box. Those are the claims made in Camden National Corp.’s lawsuit against Torres-York that was unsealed March 10 in Knox …

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    March 16, 2010

    Representatives split on bill to prevent cutoff of health insurance payments

    Midcoast state representatives split along party lines on a bill that would prohibit insurance companies from cutting off payments to customers with high medical costs. The bill, LD 1620, An Act to Protect Health Care Consumers from Catastrophic Debt,” was approved 99-38 in the House on March 11. The bill “prohibits individual or group health plans covering Maine residents from including provisions that …

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    March 3, 2010

    Local lobstermen see income drop sharply again

    Knox County lobstermen saw their income plummet 18 percent last year, according to preliminary landing reports. The amount of lobster landed across the state reached a record high but the price per pound paid to the harvesters continued to fall, resulting in a significant decline in income. The 75.6 million pounds of lobster landed in Maine were the most since the Maine Department of Marine Resources and …

  • Published
    February 28, 2010

    Medical costs vary dramatically across state

    A colonoscopy costs $1,730 for an uninsured patient having the procedure done at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport. The same patient would pay as little as $1,130 for a colonoscopy at Mercy Hospital in Portland or as much as $4,895 at the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville. These are among the findings of a cost comparison provided by the Maine Health Data Organization. The organization …

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    February 21, 2010

    Road paving, economic development divide legislators

    Legislators agree that the state’s roads need to be paved but are at odds on how to achieve that goal with shrinking gasoline tax revenues. The Maine House on Feb. 17 killed a bill, LD 1501, that would have required that any surplus in the Maine Department of Transportation’s highway and bridge light capital program be used for maintenance paving of roads. The House voted 82-53 to accept a motion made by Rep. …

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    February 16, 2010

    Legislators split on low-level military flights

    Local legislators were divided on a resolve to voice opposition to proposed low-level training flights by the Massachusetts Air National Guard over Western Maine. The House voted 116-20 on Feb. 9 to issue a resolve to Maine’s members of Congress, expressing opposition to the flights. The resolve states that these flights, which would be done at low altitudes, would disrupt the quality of life for residents and …

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    February 5, 2010

    State representatives reject auto excise tax cut

    Most local legislators voted Jan. 28 against a bill that would have reduced the state’s motor vehicle excise tax. The Maine House voted 87-49 to reject LD 195, which would have reduced the basis for taxing vehicles to 90 percent of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. The Legislature’s Taxation Committee had recommended the bill be killed. Voting to kill the legislation were Democratic Reps. Chuck …

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    February 3, 2010

    Legislators nix hybrid system for electing president

    Local legislators were nearly evenly split on a bill that calls for the election of the president of the United States to be decided by a different system than the current electoral college system. The House voted 96-50 Feb. 2 to kill the legislation. Now it goes to the Senate. For the bill to survive it would have to be approved by the Senate and then the House would have to vote again on the matter and …

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