The Second Regular Session of the 127th Maine Legislature convened on January 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Statutory adjournment date for the second session is the 3rd Wednesday in April -- April 20, 2016. The Legislature adjourned sine die on April 29.
Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the First or Second Regular Session become effective 90 days after adjournment.
Here are some additional fast facts from maine.gov.
Here are the bills where LWVME offered testimony in the 127th Legislature.
Campaign Finance Reform
Elections and Voting Rights
LD 585 An Act Regarding the Processing of Absentee Ballots Prior to Election Day. LWVME Supports. Dead. Similar provisions were incorporated in LD 1335, which passed to be enacted but was vetoed by the governor. Veto was over-ridden in the House but sustained in the Senate. Dead.
LD 1127 An Act Regarding the Authority of the Secretary of State and the Attorney General To Conduct Investigations of Vote Recounts. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Dead. Referred to agency rule-making.
Ethics and Disclosure
HP 804 JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING APPLICATION TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES CALLING A CONVENTION OF THE STATES TO PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO IMPOSE FISCAL RESTRAINTS, LIMIT FEDERAL POWER AND IMPOSE TERM LIMITS. LWVME Opposed Dead.
LD 957 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for the Popular Election of the Attorney General, Secretary of State and Treasurer of State. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Attachment 1 from the Maine Voter, August, 2008. Attachement 2 Listen to a discussion on MPBN Maine Calling with Ann Luther calling in for the League about half-way through, June 3, 2015. Dead.
HP 804 RESOLUTION MAKING APPLICATION TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES CALLING A CONVENTION OF THE STATES TO PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO IMPOSE FISCAL RESTRAINTS, LIMIT FEDERAL POWER AND IMPOSE TERM LIMITS. LWVME Opposed Dead.
SP 499 JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING APPLICATION TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES CALLING A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO REQUIRE A BALANCED FEDERAL BUDGET AND FURTHER FISCAL RESTRAINTS. LWVME Opposed Dead.
Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the First Regular Session became effective Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
The Second Regular Session of the 126th Maine Legislature convened on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.
Here are the bills where LWVME offered testimony in the 126th Legislature.
LR 1046 The Governor's Biennial Budget. LWVME Opposes Section MM. which defunds gubernatorial Clean Elections for the biennium and fails to provide robust funding to legislative candidates in competitive districts. Budget passed with Section MM as proposed.
Elections and Voting Rights
LD 518 An Act To Establish Ranked-choice Voting in the State and LD 860 An Act To Require That the Governor, Senators and Members of the House of Representatives Be Elected by the Ranked-choice Voting Method. LWVME Supports. And here is the League's supplemental testimony. Dead.
Ethics and Disclosure
LD 1001 An Act To Improve Laws Governing Financial Disclosure by Legislators and Certain Public Employees and Public Access to Information Disclosed. LWVME Supports. Passed to be enacted and signed into law.
LD 31 An Act to Protect the Safety of Maine Children by Requiring the Express Consent of a Legal Guardian To Dispense Prescription Medication to a Minor: LWVME Opposed. Dead.
LD 120 An Act To End Taxpayer-funded Campaigns for Gubernatorial Candidates: LWVME Opposed. Killed in committee.
LD 199 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Election Laws by Requiring Photograph Identification for the Purpose of Voting: LWVME Opposed. Passed as amended: Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Study Voter Participation and Registration and the Conduct of Elections in the State.
LD 203 An Act To Assist Municipal Clerks by Providing Adequate Time To Register Voters: LWVME Opposed. Dead.
LD 503 Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Examine the Issue of a Run-off Election for Governor: LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Dead.
LD 607 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require the Governor To Be Elected by a Majority Vote: LWVME Neither For Not Against. Dead.
LD 659 An Act To Repeal the Maine Clean Election Laws: LWVME Opposed. Dead.
LD 848 Resolve, Directing the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices To Study Modifying the Maine Clean Election Act: LWVME Supports. Passed.
LD 1126 An Act To Require That the Governor Be Elected by the Ranked-choice Voting Method. LWVME Supports. Dead.
LD 1150 An Act To Improve the Administration of the Legislative Ethics Laws. LWVME Supports. Signed into law.
LD 1376 An Act To Preserve the Integrity of the Voter Registration and Election Process. LWVME Opposed. Signed into law. Repealed by People's Veto.
LD 1870 Supplemental Budget. LWVME Opposed. Signed into law.
LD 129 Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Conduct a Pilot Program for Early Voting for the November 2009 Election. LWVME Neither For Nor Against
LD 205 An Act to Repeal the Maine Clean Election Act. LWVME Opposed
LD 310, An Act Regarding Grassroots Lobbying. LWVME Neither For Nor Against
LD 679, An Act to Allow a Court to Award Attorney's Fees in Successful Freedom of Access Appeals. LWVME in Support
LD 1020, An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom. LWVME in support.
LD 1111, An Act to Promote Transparency and Accountability in Campaigns and Governmental Ethics. LWVME in Support
LD 1169, An Act to Amend the Election Laws. LWVME in Support
LD 1170, An Act to Enhance the Accuracy of Maine Election Results LWVME in Support
LD 1210 An Act Pertaining to Volunteer Lobbyists for Nonprofit Organizations LWVME Opposes and
LD 1448 An Act to Exempt Volunteer Lobbyists from State Disclosure Requirements LWVME in Support
LD 203, An Act Concerning Student Voter Registration, would deny voting rights to students who live in college-owned housing. LWVME opposed. (January 31, 2007)
LD 300, RESOLUTION: Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Restrict the Voting Privileges of Certain Incarcerated Felons, would revoke the right to vote of a person in prison if they were convicted of a Class A or B crime. LWVME opposed. (February 5, 2007)
LD 434, An Act To Allow a Voter to Preserve the Confidentiality of that Voter's Presence at the Polls, would prohibit calling out the voter's name when they check in to vote - would make it difficult to challenge voters. LWVME opposed. (February 12, 2007)
LD 731, An Act to Preserve the Integrity of Elections by Removing the Requirement for a Challenge Affidavit, would allow voter challenges without a sworn affadavit attesting to personal knowledge disqualifying the voter. LWVME opposed. (February 27, 2007)
LD 854, An Act To Extend Term Limits for the House of Representatives, would extend term limits for members of the House of Representatives from from four terms to six. LWVME opposed. (May 4, 2007)
LD 1008, An Act To Improve the Legislative Ethics Laws, would permit members of the public to file ethics complaints against legislators and would somewhat strengthen current ethics law. LWVME supported. (April 30, 2007)
LD 1051, An Act to Provide Information to the Public Regarding Lobbying and Lobbyists, would require, among other things, that lobbyists wear name tags when lobbying. LWVME supported. (April 2, 2007)
LD 1058, An Act to Require the Reporting of Executive Branch Lobbying, would require lobbyists to report lobbying of any state agency or agency representative. LWVME supported. (April 2, 2007)
LD 1150, An Act To Establish Random Audits of Voting Machines. LWVME neither for nor against: supported a random audit in principle and opposed the proposal to fund the audit by tax check-off. (April 18, 2007)
LD 1549, An Act Concerning Voter Registration, would eliminate election-day voter registration by requiring registration no later than 6 days prior to an election. LWVME opposed. (April 18, 2007)
LD 1783, An Act To Require Photographic Identification in Order to Register to Vote. LWVME opposed. (April 28, 2007)
LD 1822, An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Right to Know Advisory Committee, would establish a Public Access Ombudsman and require all elected officials to take Right To Know Training. LWVME supported. (May 9, 2007)
LD 2219, An Act To Promote Transparency and Accountability in Campaigns and Governmental Ethics, included numerous ethics and disclosure measures. LWVME supported in part: granting standing to members of the public to file complaints; and requiring additional lobbyist disclosure, including a photograph of each lobbyist. (March 3, 2008)
Before the Ethics Commission on a Request from the Appropriations Committee for a Recommendation on Continued Funding for Gubernatorial Candidates under the Maine Clean Elections Act. LWVME Supported. (April 5, 2007)
LWVME Position Paper on Privatizing Social Security (February, 2005)