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Snowe Days

Ushering in a new leader at the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee

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This story appears in the February 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Olympia Snowe (R-ME) was surprised to find herself chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, because she expected Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) to resume the position in the new Congress. But Snowe brings experience. "Maine's economy is almost exclusively small businesses," says Dave Lackey, Snowe's communications director, "so the senator has to understand their issues."

As a member of the committee, Snowe previously focused on preventing health-care costs from spiraling-she co-sponsored legislation that would allow self-employed businesspeople to take a 100 percent deduction for health insurance. As chair, she plans to make health care her top priority. Lackey says Snowe "can't go more than 20 feet in Maine without hearing from small businesses about health-insurance problems." To keep costs down, he says, Snowe will probably sponsor hearings on small businesses' health-insurance crisis and then push legislation addressing rising costs. This legislation may include promoting association health plans and loosening restrictions on medical savings accounts.

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