HENRY INGWERSEN VOTING RECORD AS STATE REP
129TH MAINE LEGISLATURE (2018-20)
Roll Call Number 52 (4/23/2019) LD 798 An Act To Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements (ACCEPTED LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE’S MAJORITY OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED REPORT ON THE BILL) – VOTED YES
Bill Summary: Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and post-secondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This bill removes those exemptions
Roll Call Number 16 (3/19/2019) LD 179 An Act To Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day (ACCEPTED LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE’S MAJORITY OUGHT TO PASS REPORT ON THE BILL) – VOTED YES
Bill Summary: This bill changes the Columbus Day holiday in the State to Indigenous Peoples Day.
Roll Call Number 93 (5/14/2019) LD 1213 An Act To Repeal the Ranked-choice Voting Law (ACCEPTED LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE’S MAJORITY OUGHT NOT TO PASS REPORT ON THE BILL) – VOTED YES
Bill Summary: This bill repeals the laws governing ranked-choice voting.
Roll Call Number 123 (5/23/2019) LD 1446 An Act To Remove Sales and Use Taxation on Gold and Silver Coins (ACCEPTED LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE’S MAJORITY OUGHT NOT TO PASS REPORT ON THE BILL) – VOTED YES
Bill Summary: This bill exempts from the sales and use tax sales of specie, which is defined as coins with gold or silver content or refined gold or silver bullion.
Roll Call Number 91 (5/14/2019) LD 262 An Act To Protect Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers by Creating the Crime of Aggravated Assault on an Officer (ACCEPTED LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE’S MAJORITY OUGHT NOT TO PASS REPORT ON THE BILL) – VOTED YES
Bill Summary: This bill changes the crime of assault on an officer to include offensive physical contact and creates the crime of aggravated assault on an officer, which includes assaults against law enforcement officers and corrections officers and other corrections personnel and which is modeled on the crime of aggravated assault.
Roll Call Number 131 (5/28/2019) LD 307 An Act To Limit the Number of Charter Schools in Maine (ACCEPTED LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE’S MAJORITY OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED REPORT ON THE BILL) – VOTED YES
Bill Summary: Under current law, the number of public charter schools approved by the Maine Charter School Commission that may operate at any time is capped at 10 until July 1, 2022. This bill makes that cap permanent.
Roll Call Number 157 (5/30/2019) LD 1532 An Act To Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags (ACCEPTED LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE’S MAJORITY OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED REPORT ON THE BILL) – VOTED YES
Bill Summary: This bill prohibits a retail establishment from using single-use carry-out bags to bag products at the point of sale or otherwise make single-use carry-out bags available to customers, with exemptions for certain types and uses of plastic and paper bags. Retail establishments may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale for at least 5¢ per bag, with exceptions to the fee requirement for certain types of retail establishments. The prohibition is effective April 22, 2020.
Roll Call Number 159 (5/30/2019) LD 1292 An Act To Lower Maine’s Individual Income Tax (ACCEPTED LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE’S MAJORITY OUGHT NOT TO PASS REPORT ON THE BILL) – VOTED YES
Bill Summary: This bill decreases over 3 years the rate of taxation imposed on individual income by:
1. Decreasing the lowest rate from 5.8% to 5.2% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 5% beginning in 2022;
2. Decreasing the middle rate from 6.75% to 6.3% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 6% beginning in 2022; and
3. Decreasing the highest rate from 7.15% to 7.05% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 7% beginning in 2022.
This bill also changes cross-references in the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and inflation adjustment statutes.
SOURCE: Roll Call votes of the 129th Maine State Legislature (2019-2020 sessions). https://legislature.maine.gov/house/house/Documents/RollCallSP?Legislature=129
My opponent has never served in the Maine Senate. The Senate as a whole is a major component of governing in the State of Maine. Not only is it one-third of state law production, but it also approves nominations by the Governor.
Why is it one-third of law production? Because it takes both branches of the legislature and then the Governor’s signature for a bill to become law. Therefore, how my opponent voted in the past will give an indication of how he will vote in the future. When you look how he voted you can see a clear distinction between us.
Please read over his voting record in the past and ask yourself: “How would I have wanted my representative to have voted?” Do you agree with how he voted? In each of the above I would not have voted the way he did!
Example 1: We just celebrated Columbus Day. Buy my opponent voted to change the name of this holiday to “Indigenous Peoples Day”. “On Indigenous Peoples‘ Day we honor America’s first inhabitants and the Tribal Nations that continue to thrive today.” So he throws Christopher Columbus, the explorer who discovered America “under the bus”! My opponent, who boasts of being an educator, needs re-education. He does not know the real reason why Columbus set sail on his famous voyages of exploration. Let us celebrate what our forefathers gave us and not rewrite history! If you want an Indigenous Peoples Day holiday, then make one, but don’t cancel the history that is already there.
Example 2: I believe ranked-choice voting should be repealed, but my opponent voted “no”.
Example 3: I believe that all our criminal justice personnel should be protected. But my opponent says “no”. When the bill An Act To Protect Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers by Creating the Crime of Aggravated Assault on an Officer (LD 262) came up for a vote he said “No.” It sounds to me he stands with the crowd who wants to “defund the police”. If he would walk in the shoes of a police officer or corrections officer (as I have) he would have changed his vote. I say, strengthen our police and corrections officers! Those who remain lawless and harm our officers by the means of shooting, assault or stabbing should receive additional punishment!
Example 4: I dislike what my opponent did by eliminating bags in our retail stores. Oh, you can pay a tax of 5 cents and buy one. Let the stores decide if they want to give their customers bags. Let the people decide if they want to bring their bags with them when they go shopping. Let the State of Maine stay out of it. For a common sense policy, let the stores decide whether or not they want to offer bags for free to their customers.