District: Part of Auburn
Legislative service: First term
Committees: Business, Research and Economic Development
Bill record: No bills submitted
Tax reform: Against
Bear trapping ban: Against
Washington County slots at a tribal horse track: Against
Stiffer seat belt law: Against
Increase term limits from 4 two-year terms to 6: Against
Michael Beaulieu didn’t submit any legislation this session, and didn’t feel pressured to.
At the beginning, the amount of legislation introduced was already overwhelming, and some pieces somewhat frivolous, Beaulieu said.
“In caucus, they said ‘If you don’t want to introduce any bills, don’t bother,'” he said.
The freshman representative decided he could exert his influence in other ways.
“I just thought it was best to get my feet wet and understand some of the issues,” Beaulieu said.
Most of his impact was in the Business, Research and Economic Development Committee, where he took particular interest in regulations on small business and how the state uses its economic development dollars.
This summer the committee will travel around the state, visiting small business owners to talk about current regulations and if they are burdensome or outdated.
“We have a tendency to put laws into effect and leave them there,” he said.