This was a great week at the State House.
Tuesdays at the State House continue to grow
Nearly 30 AARP members joined us for our bi-weekly Tuesdays at the State House event. Members are joining us who have never been to the State House before and are quickly learning their way around the parking garage, the Cross Building and the State House.
Welcomed by the House
The Maine House of Representatives stood and welcomed us with a round of applause before they sang Happy Birthday to two legislators. Depending on the size of our group we attend the Senate or the House session. Because of our large number this week we attended the House. In coming weeks we may split into two smaller groups so we can be present in both the House and the Senate.
Caucus on Aging
We then attended the Caucus on Aging where we heard about the following bills relevant to older Mainers.
Representative Scott Hamann presented LD 263, An Act To Provide Additional Assistance for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Receiving Food Supplement Program Benefits and LD 692, Resolve, To Provide Meals to Homebound Individuals
Representative Denise Tepler presented An Act To Require Notification of Long-term Care Policy Increases (no LD number yet)
Representative Erin Herbig presented An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family and Medical Leave System (no LD number yet)
Conversation with the Caucus Chair
Representative Erin Herbig from Belfast concluded the Caucus on Aging with a conversation with the AARP members in attendance. Representative Herbig and other legislators spent about 20 minutes hearing directly from members about their concerns and feedback. Michael from Bucksport remarked that he had never attended the State House before and had a bit of a negative view about politics. Coming to the Tuesdays at the State House with AARP Maine has made him realize that legislators want to hear from people just like him, and he is more and more comfortable every time he attends another Tuesday at the State House.
Lunch and continuing conversation
We concluded the day with complimentary lunch in the Cross Café and conversation among members that stretched into the afternoon. Everyone departed after a satisfying day together at the State House.