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Testimony on Priority Issues

Testimony on Priority Issues before the 129th Legislature

The first regular session of the 129th Legislature convened on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Statutory adjournment of the first session will be Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the first regular session become effective 90 days after adjournment.

The second regular session of the 129th Legislature will convene on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Statutory adjournment for the second session -- the "short session" -- will be Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the 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 129th Legislature.

Campaign Finance Reform

LD 54 An Act To Limit the Influence of Lobbyists by Expanding the Prohibition on Accepting Political Contributions. LWVME Supports. Voted 3/8/2019 Ant. Divided Report, Ought to Pass--Amended 3/8/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

You can read testimony on the following additional money-in-politics bills from our partners in Maine Citizens for Clean Elections here.

  • LD 11 An Act Regarding the Acceptance of Maine Clean Election Act Campaign Contributions on State Websites. MCCE Opposes. Dead.

  • LD 23 Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions, a Major Substantive Rule of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. MCCE Supports. Passed, awaiting governor's signature.

  • LD 202 An Act To Increase the Required Number of Qualifying Contributions Gubernatorial Candidates Must Obtain To Qualify as Maine Clean Election Act Candidates. MCCE Opposes. Divided Report, Ought Not to Pass/Ought to Pass Amended 3/13/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

  • LD 218 An Act To Prohibit a Person from Collecting Contributions under the Maine Clean Elections Act at a Polling Place. MCCE Neither For nor Against. Tabled 3/1/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

  • LD 256 An Act To Ensure Responsible Operation of Political Action Committees. MCCE Supports. Divided Report, Ought to Pass Amended/Ought Not to Pass 3/11/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

  • LD 361 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Political Action Committees. MCCE Supports. Divided report Ought Not To Pass/Ought To Pass 2/27/19 (Veterans and Legal Affairs); Dead.

  • LD 411 Resolve, Directing the Commission on Government Ethics and Election Practices to Allow Maine Clean Election Act Funds To Be Used for Election Recounts. MCCE Supports. Dead.

  • LD 722 An Act To Require Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates To Disclose Their Federal Income Tax Returns. MCCE Supports. Divided Report Ought Not To Pass 3/13/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

  • LD 780 An Act To Change Municipal Campaign Contribution Limits. MCCE Supports. Divided Report Ought to Pass-Amended 3/1/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

  • LD 874 An Act To Conform the Clean Election Financing Laws to the Judicially Determined Procedures. Dead.

  • LD 878 An Act To An Act To Make Clean Election Filing Deadlines Consistent for All Candidates. MCCE Supports. Ant. Divided Report 3/13/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

  • LD 929 An Act Regarding the Use of Maine Clean Election Act Funds for salaries. MCCE Opposes. Hearing cancelled 3/11/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

  • LD 1187 An Act To To Apply the Same Auditing Standards to All Candidates and Political Action Committees. MCCE Supports. In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

Elections and Voting Rights

LD 53 An Act to Clarify Local Referendum Ballots. LWVME Supports. Voted Ought to Pass--Amended 2/11/19 (State and Local Government).

LD 114 An Act To Establish Open Primaries for Certain Federal and State Offices. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 186 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Specify the Qualifications of Electors. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 211 An Act To Open Maine's Primaries and Permit Unenrolled Voters to Cast Ballots in Primary Elections. LWVME Supports. In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

LD 245 An Act To Reestablish a Presidential Primary System in Maine. LWVME Supports. In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

LD 272 An Act To Allow Voting by Mail. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Reported Ought Not to Pass 3/13/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 293 An Act Regarding Early Voting in Person, and
LD 619 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding Early Voting. LWVME Supports. LD293: pending; LD619: Voted Ought to Pass-Amended 3/11/2019, Reconsidered: Divided Report report 3/13/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 322 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Election Laws by Requiring Photographic Identification for the Purpose of Voting. LWVME Opposes. Ant. Divided Report Ought Not to Pass 2/27/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 418 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President, and
LD 816 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President of the United States. LWVME Supports. LD 418 Dead. LD 816 Anticipate Divided Report Ought Not To Pass 3/4/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 431 An Act To Make Election Day a State Holiday. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Tabled 2/27/2019 (State and Local Government).

LD 534 An Act To Make Ballot Questions Easier to Read and Understand for Maine Voters. LWVME Supports. Tabled 3/13/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 667 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That the Governor Be Elected by a Majority Vote. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Dead.

LD 753 An Act To Allow Voters To Choose Ongoing Absentee Voter Status. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 845 An Act To Secure the Integrity of Elections When the Secretary of State is a Candidate. Dead.

LD 1026 An Act To Require Election Transparency. LWVME Supports. In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 1083 An Act To Implement Ranked-Choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine. LWVME Supports (with amendments). In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 1196 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Implement Ranked-choice Voting,
LD 1365 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for the Election of the Governor by Majority Vote, and
LD 1477 RESOLUTION, Proposing and Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Facilitate the Use of Ranked-choice Voting for Governor and Members of the Legislature. LWVME Supports. In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 1213 An Act To Repeal the Ranked-choice Voting Law,
LD 1447 An Act To Simplify Voting in Maine by Placing a Moratorium on Ranked-choice Voting, and
LD 1454 An Act Concerning Elections in Maine Congressional Districts. LWVME Opposes. In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

LD 1332 Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require State and Congressional Elections To Be Decided by a Plurality of Votes Cast. LWVME Opposes. In committee (Veterans and Legal Affairs).

Ethics and Disclosure

LD 76 An Act to Strengthen the Integrity of the Legislature by Extending the Waiting Period before Legislators May Engage in Any Amount of Compensated Lobbying. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Voted Ought to Pass--Amended 2/27/2019 (Veterans and Legal Affairs)

Other

LD 257 An Act to Ensure That the Legislature Has the Information Necessary To Do the Work of the People of Maine. LWVME Supports. Ant. Divided Report 2/20/2019 (State and Local Government).

LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual. LWVME Supports. In committee (Judiciary).

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