District: Leeds, Livermore, Livermore Falls, Wayne
Legislative service: First term
Bill record: Six bills, one carried over, five dead
Tax reform: Supported the original version but not the amended version
Bear trapping ban: For
Washington County slots at a tribal horse track: Against
Stiffer seat belt law: Absent
Increase term limits from 4 two-year terms to 6: Against
As a freshman legislator, Gary Knight was put on the committee with one of the highest bill loads and one of the most grueling tasks, second to only the Appropriations Committee perhaps.
The Taxation Committee, along with reviewing almost 250 bills, worked long hours to develop a tax reform plan. Much to some committee members’ disappointment, the effort to lower the income tax and expand the sales tax to more goods and services failed on the Senate floor. Knight said that “politics” and extensive lobbying were the cause of its demise.
“Behind the scenes, partisanship still reigns,” Knight said.
Knight said he was assigned to the committee because of his experience in banking.
Apart from his committee, Knight worked on a bill to further separate commercial and banking sectors owned by the same company.
He also sponsored measures to require college students to vote in their hometowns instead of where they go to school and require high-speed Internet access for all residents. Both measures failed.
He was a co-sponsor of successful legislation to protect homeowners from predatory lending.