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Testimony Archive: 123rd Legislature

This page contains only matters that came before the 123rd Legislature. To see other archived sessions, return to the Testimony Archive Index. For testimony regarding matters before the current legislature, go to the main testimony page.

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)