District: Southern Oxford County and five towns in western Cumberland County
Legislative service: Second term
Bill record: Seven bills, four signed and three dead
Tax reform: 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
Members of the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church got cold feet and didn’t fulfill their threat to protest the recent funeral of Sgt. Richard Kevin Parker of Phillips. If they did, however, they would not have gotten very far.
After the same group threatened to protest a Norway sergeant’s funeral last year, David Hastings III sponsored legislation to protect the solemnity of funerals.
The emergency measure took effect May 18 when it was signed by the governor. Now, anyone found protesting or giving any kind of “unwanted, obtrusive communications” at a funeral or memorial service will be charged with disorderly conduct.
“We hope it’s not needed,” Hastings said, prior to Parker’s death.
Hastings also submitted passing legislation to create a council within the Department of Education to facilitate communication between town academies and the commissioner of education. These academies – which hold both public and private school students – sometimes fall through the cracks when it comes to their needs, Hastings said.
Hastings serves on the Judiciary Committee, where he said the most contentious bills were over social issues, such as adoption and family law.