Rep. Mary Anne Kinney
Representative Kinney is serving her second term in the Maine House of Representatives serving District 99 which includes nine towns in Waldo County. She has been appointed to serve on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee in the 128th Legislature, her second term serving on this committee.
A 1990 graduate of Edward Little High School, Representative Kinney currently works as a maple syrup producer on her farm in Knox and has held a wide variety of jobs in the past. She has worked as a truck driver, pharmacy technician and a credit analyst in the past.
She also finds the time in her busy schedule to serve her community as a member of several important organizations.
She is a member of the Maine Farm Bureau, MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association), NRA and the Maple Producers Association.
In her spare time she enjoys crafting, scrapbooking, knitting, photography, playing guitar and reading.
Below are briefs on some of the legislation sponsored and cosponsored by Rep. Kinney during the first session of the 127th Legislature:
LD 759 “An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Holiday” – This bill exempts from sales tax sales of clothing and school supplies occurring on the 2nd Saturday of August each year.
LD 826 “An Act To Promote Maine’s Economic Development and Critical Communications for Rural Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investments in High-speed Internet” – This bill proposes to increase funding to the ConnectME Authority from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 to expand universal broadband and high-speed Internet into rural areas identified as the 6% of the State unserved by high-speed Internet. This bill proposes to make expanding high-speed Internet into unserved rural areas a key emphasis in the economic development of and to multiply the return to the State by directing the ConnectME Authority to use the increased funding to increase the rate of strategic broadband investment and leverage additional federal funding to provide middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure in the unserved areas and to correct broadband deficiencies identified in the ConnectME Authority’s baseline update of 2013.