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Testimony on Priority Issues

Testimony on Priority Issues before the 126th Legislature

The first regular session of the 126th Legislature convened on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., and adjourned Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 12:28 a.m.

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.

Campaign Finance

LR 1046 The Governor's Biennial Budget. LWVME Opposes Section MM.

LD 1309 An Act To Strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act. LWVME Supports. Carried over.

LD 1631 An Act To Clarify What Constitutes a Contribution to a Candidate. LWVME Supports.

Elections and Voting Rights

LD 53 An Act To Increase Voting Access. LWVME Opposes. Dead.

LD 54 An Act To Expand Access to Absentee Ballots. LWVME Supports. Dead.

LD 156 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Early Voting and Voting by Absentee Ballot. LWVME Supports, Carried over.

LD 511 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President. LWVME Supports. Carried over.

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.

LD 573 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Restrict the Voting Privileges of Persons Incarcerated for Murder or Class A Crimes. LWVME Opposes. Dead.

LD 587 An Act To Designate Election Day as an Official State Holiday. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Dead.

LD 1422 An Act To Establish a Nonpartisan Primary and a Presidential Primary Election System and Instant Run-off Voting for State and Federal Candidates. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Dead.

Ethics and Disclosure

LD 69 An Act To Strengthen Financial Disclosure Laws for the Legislative and Executive Branches of State Government. LWVME Supports. Further information in support. Dead.

LD 184 An Act To Enhance Transparency in Government by Implementing a Waiting Period for Legislators before They May Register as Lobbyists. LWVME Supports. Passed to be enacted and signed into law.

LD 859 An Act To Increase Ethics and Transparency in Government Service. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Passed to be enacted and signed into law.

LD 924 An Act To Prevent a Conflict of Interest of the Secretary of State. LWVME Supports. Dead.

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 1222 Resolve, To Create a Task Force on Maine's Ethics and Transparency Laws. LWVME Supports. Dead.

Gun Control

LD 997 An Act To Establish Restrictions on Ammunition Feeding Devices and LD 1240 An Act To Promote the Safe Use and Sale of Firearms. LWVME Supports. Dead.

Testimony on Priority Issues before the 125th Legislature

Here are the bills where LWVME offered testimony last session. See Legislation of Interest for a list of additional bills that we tracked in 2011 and 2012.

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.

Testimony on Priority Issues Before the 124th Maine Legislature

LD 56 An Act to Join the Interstate Compact on the National Popular Vote. LWVME Neither For Nor Against

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

Testimony on Priority Issues Before the 123rd Maine Legislature

LD 42, An Act to Repeal Term Limits for Legislators, would send full repeal of term limits to referedum November 2007. LWVME favors repeal. (May 4, 2007)

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)

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LWVME Letter to Senator Snowe (February, 2010) thanking her for her support of funding for international adaptation and climate change.

LWVME Position Paper on Privatizing Social Security (February, 2005)

LWVME Summary Report of the University of Maine System Study 2000