Assistant Majority Leader Anne Haskell is serving her first term in the Senate representing District 9 (parts of Portland and Westbrook. She served six terms in the Maine House, three representing Gorham, and three representing Portland. While a member of the House, Haskell sponsored a wide range of legislation including bills to enhance screening for breast cancer, improve housing security deposit options for low income Mainers, and make unemployment compensation fair for seniors. She served on the Labor, and Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committees, which she chaired during the 124th Legislature.

Now back in the house she grew up in, on Higgins Street in Portland, Haskell remains active in her community and currently serves as a member of the Deering Center Neighborhood Association, and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gorham Savings Bank. Haskell lives with her husband, Lou, and enjoys visiting their summer camp, spending time with their grandchildren, and participating in an active lifestyle.

“PATENT TROLLS” BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator Haskell’s measure will protect businesses from false patent claims AUGUSTA— A bill sponsored by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Anne Haskell of Portland to make it harder for “patent trolls” to harass and extort money from Maine businesses has been signed into law by Governor Paul LePage.   “These scammers are a drain on honest...

SENATE ENACTS $50 MILLION IN BONDS

Focusing on 21st century jobs and industries   AUGUSTA – Today, the Senate enacted six bond bills totaling $50 million to create jobs and invest in Maine’s small businesses and economy. “Investments like these help boost Maine’s competitive advantage,” said Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland. “We have an opportunity to invest in our state’s...

Dems call on LePage to sign offshore tax havens bill

Bill stops multinationals from evading taxes, levels field for Maine businesses AUGUSTA – Democrats on Wednesday called on Gov. Paul LePage to sign a bill that would prevent multinational corporations from dodging Maine taxes through accounting tricks.   LD 1120, An Act To Improve Maine’s Tax Laws, would level the playing field for Maine-based businesses...

MEASURE TO CLOSE CORPORATE OFFSHORE TAX HAVENS ADVANCES

Special tax protections for multinational corps cost Maine $5 million a year AUGUSTA – The Maine Senate unanimously advanced a measure to prevent multinational corporations from evading Maine taxes through offshore tax havens. “If Mainers are expected to pay their fair share then so should multinational corporations. We should stop allowing wealthy international corporations to...

PROPERTY TAX RELIEF BILL ADVANCES

AUGUSTA—This morning the Senate unanimously gave initial approval to a bill to increase property tax relief for Maine families. “Rising property taxes are hurting many Maine families and seniors who are struggling to stay in their homes,” said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Anne Haskell of Portland, the Senate Chair of the Taxation Committee. ”This bill...

SENATE REJECTS TABOR 3.0 BILL

AUGUSTA – In a 21-13 vote, the Senate rejected Governor LePage’s attempt to resuscitate TABOR. Maine voters previously rejected TABOR proposals on the ballot in 2006 and 2009. “Interestingly, there were no supporters of this bill at the public hearing. Maine people have already rejected TABOR twice, and it seems they still do not support...

SENATE DEMS VOTE TO CLOSE CORPORATE OFFSHORE TAX HAVENS

Maine loses $10 million per year because of special tax protections for wealthy corporations AUGUSTA – In a party line vote, the Senate gave initial approval to a measure to prevent multinational corporations from evading Maine taxes through offshore tax havens. “We should stop allowing wealthy international corporations to use these tax-dodging loopholes,” said Assistant...

Bangor Daily News: Maine Senate rejects NRA-backed amendment to allow concealed handguns without permits

By Scott Thistle Read more here AUGUSTA, Maine — The state Senate on Friday shot down a Republican effort to make it legal to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in Maine. The Senate voted 19-14, largely along party lines, to indefinitely postpone an amendment to a bill that creates a statewide database for concealed...

Lewiston Sun Journal: Maine Medicaid expansion bill passes in Senate, goes to LePage

By Mario Moretto Read more here AUGUSTA — All eyes are on Republican Gov. Paul LePage after the state Senate on Friday granted final passage to a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to roughly 70,000 low-income Mainers under the auspices of the federal Affordable Care Act. The Senate voted without a roll...

SENATE APPROVES MEASURE TO MODERNIZE CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT PROCESS

Creates uniform permit, requires State Police to conduct mental health background checks AUGUSTA—On Friday, the Senate voted 20-13 in favor of a bill to modernize the concealed weapons permit process in Maine to ensure mental health background checks are performed by law enforcement personnel. “For too long, Maine’s concealed weapons permit system has been patchwork...

SENATE ENACTS EXPANSION COMPROMISE BILL TO PROVIDE HEALTHCARE TO 70,000 MAINERS

Lawmakers urge Governor LePage to put politics aside and sign bill AUGUSTA—This morning the Senate enacted a Republican-sponsored measure to accept federal funds to provide healthcare to 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans. “Expanding access to healthcare will strengthen our economy and create jobs and save money, but most importantly, it will save lives,” said Senate...

Legal Newsline: Maine Senate initially approves patent troll bill

By Jessica Karmasek Read more here AUGUSTA, Maine (Legal Newsline) — A bill that would make patent trolling more difficult in Maine was given initial approval by the state Senate Monday. Senators voted unanimously for the bill, Legislative Document 1660. Under LD 1660, any company or person can file a lawsuit in superior court against...