Legislative Update from Senator Ned Claxton
Dear friend,

As we all enjoy the arrival of spring, my work in the Maine Senate keeps me busy. It has been very satisfying to work with Sen. Diamond, D-Windham, and Sen. Cyrway, R-Benton, on two different public safety bills. As we celebrate Welcome Back Day, a day when former legislators come and visit the State House, I am reminded what a great privilege it is to work for the people of our district. 

Read on to learn more about my office hours, the dangers of distracted driving, Rep. Jared Golden's visit, updates on legislation and our new electronic testimony submission system.

As always, you can contact me by emailing me at ned.claxton@legislature.maine.gov or calling my office at (207) 287-1515.

Office hours in Auburn

I appreciate the conversations I have with residents as I hold local office hours around the district. My next office hours will be in Auburn.

Please feel free to drop in with any questions, comments, concerns or just to say hello. All are welcome.

Additional dates and locations for public office hours throughout Senate District 20 will follow. Senate District 20 includes Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester and Poland.
Decreasing distracted driving

Despite bans in 47 states, smartphone use behind the wheel is a common problem. New research released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that even though 97 percent of drivers say texting/emailing while driving is a serious or very serious threat to their safety, 45 percent admit to having read a text or email while driving in the past month and 35 percent admit to typing one. I introduced LD 280 to restrict the use of electronic devices while driving. Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, also introduced a bill, LD 165, that would similarly restrict the use of hand-held devices while driving. Together, Sen. Diamond and I will work to curb distracted driving in Maine to help keep our roads safe.
Great visit from our Congressional representative

Recently, Congressman Jared Golden swung by one of our morning meetings to talk with us about what he's working on in Washington. It's always great when our representatives in Congress come home to the State House to say hello. We were able to talk about what we're doing here to help everyday Mainers, including our efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs. I wish Rep. Golden the best of luck in Washington, as he continues to work hard to represent Maine's best interests on issues like workforce development, access to health care and sustainable energy sources.
Maine Senate Democrats with Rep. Golden (center second row).
2019 Auburn Bulky Waste Pickup

A reminder from the City of Auburn Public Works: Bulky Waste Pickup has been scheduled for May 6-17.

Visit the Auburn City website for more details: http://www.auburnmaine.gov/pages/government/public-works
ATV registration opens

Mud season is in full swing, which is a great reminder to register your all-terrain vehicle. ATV registrations submitted after Wednesday, May 1 this year are good through June 30, 2020. To find out more, or to fill out the registration form online, click here.

As you're out riding this spring, please remember to have fun and stay safe. Rivers and streams are high after the spring melt and consistent rain, so use caution when attempting to cross. You can find rules and regulations about ATV use in Maine by clicking here.
A new way to submit testimony about the bills you care about

One of the great things about the legislative process in Maine is our open public hearings -- a time for real people to share their stories and opinions with lawmakers about the bills that impact their daily lives. But we know it's hard to take time during a weekday to come to the State House to testify in person. The good news is, you can submit written testimony about a bill electronically. Recently, we updated our submission system: Now, in addition to emailing testimony to a legislative committee, you can also submit testimony right on the State of Maine website: www.mainelegislature.org/testimony/. The submission form will look like this:
If you're not sure which committee is hearing the bill you're interested in, or if you want to know more about the bill, you can look it up by clicking here.

Remember: Your opinion matters to me.
Senator Ned Claxton | (207) 287-1515 | ned.claxton @legislature.maine.gov  |  www.mainesenate.org
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