When I visited the Maine State House for the first time, years ago, I asked if I could peek into the House and Senate Chambers. The receptionist replied, “Of course – it’s your House.”
Now in my second term representing House District 51, I have the opportunity to work in that same stately building. People often ask about how things work in the Legislature; how do laws get made? What are committee meetings like? Is it OK for the public to come? Yes is the answer to all these questions.
I am honored to host visitors and I invite you to come to Augusta to sit in on session or committee meetings. I also encourage anyone interested in testifying on bills that are being debated to do that, too. And I’m happy to help you through the process.
There are also other opportunities to get involved. Each session day starts with an inspirational message, the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. Volunteers from all over the state come to Augusta to provide these services. Kids are also involved by spending the day as House or Senate honorary pages. Kids from kindergarten through high school and college can serve.
If you’d like to visit, give the message, sing the anthem, testify before a committee, or if your kids or grandkids would like to be pages, just let me know. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to have you there.
After all, it is your House.
Rep. Jay McCreight