Wednesday, June 19, 2013
As a freshman lawmaker, Rep. Anne Graham has high expectations for her work in the Legislature.
A pediatric nurse practitioner and North Yarmouth Democrat, she is a member of the Legislature's State and Local Government Committee.
And, as luck would have it, her first ever vote in committee came Monday on LD 71: "An Act to Designate the Whoopie Pie as the State Dessert."
As you may have read in today's paper, the bill was amended to designate the tasty, and high calorie snack, the state's official "treat" not dessert. Graham was one of three lawmakers -- two Democrats and one Republican -- to vote against it in committee.
"Although I like to have fun, I really felt at a time when people are trying to heat their homes or find adequate health care for their children, we're spending time on whether the whoopie pie is the state dessert or treat," she said after the vote.
Graham said she has nothing against the whoopie pie industry, and that she believes the bill will pass when it gets to the full Legislature. But she just couldn't raise her hand in committee on Monday.
"I came here to do the hard work," she said.Tweet