Legislative Update from Senator Ned Claxton
Dear friend,

I hope you have all found a few moments to get out in nicer weather these last few rainy weeks. If not, maybe you've found time to play in the mud like my dog, Lexi! 
I am happy to report on my bill to create a medication redispensing program. I'm also excited to share a visitor I had the honor of welcoming at the State House. Lastly, I wanted to remind you of my upcoming local office hours on May 24.

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

Bill to create a medication redispending program

A bill I introduced,  LD 1661, "An Act To Create the Drug Donation and Redispensing Program"  received unanimous, bipartisan support from the Legislature's Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee last week. The bill would establish a drug donation and redispensing program to provide medicine to low-income Mainers.

Providing free or low-cost medicine to those with limited means, is one way we can help save people's lives. I'm glad the committee has unanimously supported this common-sense legislation.

LD 1661 would establish a drug donation and redispensing program in Maine, through participating pharmacies, for qualified low-income Mainers. Thirty-eight states already have enacted legislation to promote drug return, donation and reuse. In 2016, Wyoming redistributed more than $2.4 million worth of meds. Having unused medication distributed to those with limited means is one way to reduce the cost of medicines for people who really need help. The state of Iowa spends $1 for every $7 of medication distributed.
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.
Youth of the Year from Auburn visits the State House

The Maine Legislature welcomed the 2019 Youths of the Year from Maine Boys and Girls Clubs to the State House on May 7. The honorees, officials from the Boys and Girls Clubs and their guests met with legislators and observed the day's legislative sessions.
It was a pleasure to honor Makayla Morin, of Auburn, with a legislative sentiment. Makayla was named Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine for her amazing contributions to our community with the Auburn/Lewiston Clubhouse.

Youth of the Year is the Boys and Girls Clubs signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy.  The Youths of the Year were selected for their incredible leadership qualities, including exceptional communications, consensus building and goal setting skills.
A Legislative Sentiment is a significant expression by the Legislature in recognition of civic and public achievements.
Presenting Makayla Morin with a Legislative Sentiment in the Hall of Flags.
Law officer memorial

Our brave law enforcement officers give their all to protect their communities. They all too often bear witness to the worst day of a person's life. It was a humbling experience to attend the ceremony on Thursday as we took time to honor those who have served and fallen. 

Near the State House in Augusta, a memorial bears the names of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The memorial was dedicated in 1991 and includes the 87 names of those who have been killed while serving. This year, the name of Corporal Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff's Department was added to the memorial. As we mourn with Corporal Cole's family and loved ones, we acknowledge the important work of our law enforcement officers and thank them for their continued dedication.
Maine State Police marching.

Motorcycle brigade from around the State.
Gov. Mills speaks at law officer memorial service.
Franco-American Day

Franco-American Day is a wonderful tradition here in Augusta, celebrating the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Francophone Mainers. It's an unfortunate fact that for much of our state's history, Acadian and other Francophone Mainers were ostracized and faced discrimination. I'm glad to see we have made so much progress in not just respecting, but openly celebrating each other for who we are and the different perspectives we bring to the table. It was wonderful to hear so much French around the State House that day.
Senator Ned Claxton | (207) 287-1515 | ned.claxton @legislature.maine.gov  |  www.mainesenate.org
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