From Augusta

Feb 22, 2012
Chris Johnson and family members after his swearing-in ceremony in Augusta Feb. 16 as the new District 20 Senator. From left, his father Stanley Johnson, mother Ruth, brother Michael, Senator Johnson, wife Valarie, and brother David, with Gov. Paul LePage.

Maine Regulatory Fairness Board to meet in Augusta

The Maine Regulatory Fairness Board invites public testimony on regulatory and statutory issues that impact Maine businesses at its next meeting on Friday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Secretary of State’s office, located at 103 Sewall St. in Augusta.

To effectively report to the Legislature and the governor on regulatory conflicts, the board elicits public comment from Maine business owners/managers and the public concerning: specific state rules and regulations that may unreasonably impede business sustainability and growth; and recommendations for regulatory and statutory change that may enhance Maine’s business climate.

The board holds hearings in Augusta and statewide to invite testimony that highlights and details regulations in need of scrutiny and amendment. The board also weighs public comments and addresses administrative matters to advance operational goals and objectives. These public comments directly set the board’s agendas and greatly inform the board’s recommendations to the governor and the Legislature. Public participation is an essential element to achieving the board’s goals and objectives. The board encourages businesses to please consider attending meetings whenever possible to share their valuable insights.

Johnson sworn in by as new state Senator

Following his victory in a special election on Feb. 14 to fill the District 20 Senate seat in the State legislature, Chris Johnson was sworn into office by Gov. Paul LePage in a brief ceremony Feb. 16 at the Maine State House in Augusta. Johnson joined soon after in the Senate's deliberations over this year's difficult budget issues.

In a later statement Johnson thanked the voters of District 20 for their confidence in him. "It is an honor to serve as your Senator in the Maine State Legislature. I will be working to resolve the budget crisis in a fair and balanced way, bringing people together to find compromise between competing interests on some of the bills before the second session of the 125th Legislature, and advocating for the legitimate concerns of the people of this district. It's time to get Augusta working on jobs and the economy and affordable healthcare." Johnson invited all constituents to share their ideas and concerns on the issues state government will be confronting in the weeks and months to come. "Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments, or if you need assistance with state government. You can reach me via email at, or by phone at 549-3358."

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