District: Parts of Lewiston and Auburn
Legislative service: First term
Committee: Business, Research and Economic Development
Bill record: Two bills, two signed
Tax reform: For
Bear trapping ban: For
Washington County slots at a tribal horse track: For
Stiffer seat belt law: Against
Increase term limits from 4 two-year terms to 6: For
Mark Samson says it’s the work he did with his committee where he made the most impact this session, rather than in the bills he submitted.
A freshman member of the Business, Research and Economic Development Committee, he helped work with the Maine State Housing Authority to protect the Housing Opportunities for Maine Fund, and lobbied the Appropriations Committee for the housing authority’s interests in the bonds package.
A Democrat, Samson labels himself as a financial conservative, supporting no new taxes and responsible spending.
Both of his two bills passed. One required the State Tax Assessor’s Office to come up with a standardized form for property tax bills that includes an itemized list. The other one adjusted the original assessed value for Auburn’s tax increment financing district.
“I wanted to do my work in the hallways and in committee, which is what I did,” Samson said.