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Testimony Archive: 126th Legislature

This page contains only matters that came before the 126th 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 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. 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.

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

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

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, Dead.

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

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.