District: Durham, New Gloucester and part of Lisbon
Legislative service: Third term
Committee: Insurance and Financial Services
Bill record: Six bills, one carried over, five dead
Tax reform: Against
Bear trapping ban: Against
Washington County slots at a tribal horse track: For
Stiffer seat belt law: Against
Increase term limits from 4 two-year terms to 6: Against
Michael Vaughan said most of his impact this session of the Legislature was in the Insurance and Financial Services Committee, which dealt with health insurance reform among other issues.
The committee worked on several bills to reform how health insurance is administered in the state, with the goal of moving toward a universal health care system. Talks will continue over the summer. Vaughan offered his own bill to lower the cost of health insurance, which also was carried over to the next session.
Most of what the committee agreed on regarding Dirigo Health went into the governor’s bill, Vaughan said.
The committee also reported out a bill to combat predatory lending and held over a piece of legislation to mandate insurance coverage for Lyme disease.
In his committee, Vaughan pushed a bill to mandate medical insurance coverage for temporomandibular joint disorder – TMJ – which is not currently covered. The measure failed on the floor.
Vaughan also pushed a bill to lower the income tax, repeal motor vehicle inspection laws and provide an income tax exemption for active-duty military pay, all of which failed.