Hello All- Below is communication from the South Thomaston State Representative to the Maine House. Rep. Matlack. It details recent legislation that was passed and has links to additional resources. We hope everyone is staying safe and following the proper precautions.
Since my last communication about the COVID-19 situation in Maine, so much has changed. I’m sure you, like me, have been watching the news with growing concern. In response, we have all been adapting to protect public health, from temporarily closing schools and businesses to moving to remote work, practicing social distancing and more. These steps leave us worried about our finances and our families. I want you to know that all the actions you are taking to prioritize the health of our community are appreciated, and that your government is taking action to support you through this challenging time.
The Presiding Officers of the Legislature made the decision this week to end our session early to keep staff, constituents and our community safe and adhere to the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. This decision was a difficult one, but the right one.
Before we adjourned, we passed a supplemental budget, a bond package and an omnibus bill that included a number of policies that will help us respond to COVID-19. I have detailed our COVID-19 response legislation below and have included highlights from the budget. I promise to provide a more in-depth look at the budget and all the other work we accomplished this session in the coming weeks and months.
It is our intention that we will be able to return to Augusta and pick up the bills we were not able to finish.
In this email I have included a number of updates and resources to help you navigate the evolving COVID-19 situation. I hope you find them useful. Please continue to reach out to me with any questions, and let me know what more I can do to help.
Ann Higgins Matlack
Serving District 92