New Gloucester & Poland (Part)
Representative Arata learned the value of hard work as a child helping out on her grandfather’s dairy farm. She attended Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where she was captain of the Cross Country Team and President of the Biology Club. She graduated with a degree in Biology and earned a full scholarship to the Doctoral program in Genetics at the University of California, Davis.
After getting married to Michael Arata, Amy earned a Masters of Science in Genetics. She moved to New Gloucester in 2006 and raised three sons. Together with her husband, she now owns a property investment business and a mechanical engineering business.
She volunteers for the community in several ways, including youth and church events, the New Gloucester Budget Committee and Planning Board. She has been elected to the MSAD 15 School Board, and was appointed to the Maine State Board of Education.
This Committee reviews General Fund appropriations and general fiscal policy; federal funds allocations, special revenue and block grant allocations when part of a biennial or supplemental budget; Budget Stabilization Fund; general obligation bond issues; collective bargaining funding; budgeting methodologies; review of financial orders; and financial evaluation of agencies of state government.
This Committee has jurisdiction over all new bills pertaining to the Bureau of Revenue Services and State Board of Property Tax Review; state and local taxes; tax exemptions and credits; tax expenditure review; taxpayer relief programs; property valuation and assessment; tax increment financing; municipal revenue sharing; taxation of unorganized territories; and tree growth and other current use tax issues.
Representative Arata also has the distinction of serving on the Joint Legislative Government Oversight Committee, which oversees program evaluation and government accountability in State government.
The Committee seeks to ensure that public funds are expended for intended purposes, and that programs and activities are effectively, efficiently and economically managed. The Committee accomplishes this mission by conducting public inquiries and directing the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability to conduct independent, objective reviews of State agencies and programs and other entities receiving public funds or expending private monies for public purposes.
Congratulatory letters, Legislative Sentiments, flags flown over the Capitol, assistance with state departments, general comments or questions about legislative matters.
Mail: 2 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04330
Legislative Office: (207) 287-1440
Sponsored Legislation (2019- 2020)
|An Act To Improve Responsiveness of Elected School Boards to the Public|
|An Act To Prohibit the Dissemination of Obscene Material by Public Schools|
|An Act To Allow Flexibility in Residential Rental Agreements|
|Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Convene a Work Group To Study Improving Traffic Safety for Color-blind Drivers|
|An Act To Waive the Variance Process for Harvesting Timber in a Shoreland Zone|
|An Act To Reduce Administrative Burdens of Forest Products Harvesters|