2017-10-11 / Op-Ed

Legislative Update

By Senator Tom Saviello District 17

Special Legislative Session

The Maine Legislature will convene for a special session on October 23, 2017. The special session was called by Governor Paul LePage to act on two issues: A recently passed food sovereignty bill to ensure it complies with federal law, and funding for the Maine Office of Geographic Information Systems. The Legislature is also expected to vote on recommendations recently passed by the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee. The Proclamation for a Special Session can be read here: http://tinyurl.com/y96nt2gq.

Insurance superintendent urges Mainers to compare plans

Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa says it’s urgent for Maine residents who purchase their health insurance coverage on the individual market to compare their options before open enrollment ends Dec. 15, 2017. Cioppa says the turmoil in the market this year has resulted in higher rates and fewer choices. Anthem, one of the three insurers that sold individual and family plans on the ACA Marketplace in 2017, has chosen not to renew that business in 2018. Community Health Options and Harvard Pilgrim will continue to offer plans both on and off the Marketplace. For more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/y9hs4vmx.

Icelandic shipping company to increase traffic to Maine

Eimskip, the Icelandic steamship company that calls on the International Marine Terminal in Portland has announced it will increase port calls to weekly service beginning in December. This will result in a 45 percent increase in ship calls, from 36 to 52 ships per year at the IMT. Eimskip began calling on Portland in 2013, after millions of dollars of investment by the Maine Port Authority and Maine Department of Transportation revitalized the once derelict IMT property. For more information, visit: http://maine.gov/mdot/news/#.

Maine State Archives to offer Halloween tour

The Maine State Archives will celebrate American Archives Month this October with a tour of the Archive’s holdings Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31. The archivists will host this Halloween-themed tour, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. and include access to areas that are not normally open to the public. The tour will be capped at 20 participants. To reserve your spot on the tour, please contact Communications Director Kristen Muszynski at kristen.muszynski@maine.gov.

If you have any questions, please call me at 645-3420 or email me at drtom16@hotmail.com. Thank you for the pleasure of serving you as your District 17 Senator representing all Franklin County communities, as well as the Kennebec County communities of Belgrade, Fayette, Mount Vernon and Vienna.

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