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Testimony Archive: 128th Legislature

This page contains only matters that came before the 128th 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 128th Legislature

The first regular session of the 128th Legislature convened on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Statutory adjournment was Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The legislature finally adjourned sine die on November 6, 2017.

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the first regular session became effective 90 days after adjournment, February 5, 2018.

The second regular session of the 128th Legislature convened on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Statutory adjournment for the second session -- the "short session" -- was Wednesday, April 18, 2018. They adjourned on on May 2, but opened as special session on June 19, which finally adjourned sine die on September 13, 2018.

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the second regular session become effective 90 days after adjournment, August 1, 2018. Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the second special session become effective 90 days after adjournment, December 13, 2018.

Here are some additional fast facts from maine.gov.

Here are the bills where LWVME offered testimony in the 128th Legislature.

Campaign Finance Reform

LD 126 An Act To Establish New Monetary Caps for Legislative Candidates under the Maine Clean Election Act LWVME Opposed. Dead.

LD 300 An Act To Preserve Funding for the Maine Clean Election Act by Removing Gubernatorial Candidates from Eligibility LWVME Opposed. Dead.

LD 390 The Governor's Biennial Budget Bill, including funding for the Maine Clean Election Act. LWVME Opposed. Finally passed.

LD 413 An Act To Limit the Influence of Lobbyists by Expanding the Prohibition on Accepting Political Contributions LWVME Supports. Dead.

LD 1211 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Legislative Political Action Committees. LWVME Supports Dead.

LD 1780 An Act To Transfer Funds to the Maine Clean Election Fund To Provide Adequate Funding for Maine Clean Election Fund Candidates. LWVME Supports. Dead.

LD 1894 An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine EMERGENCY. LWVME Supports. Amended to remove the provision LWVME supported. Passed to be enacted; became law without the Governor's signature.

Elections and Voting Rights

LD 78 An Act To Permit Unenrolled Voters To Cast Ballots in Primary Elections. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Dead.

LD 121 An Act To Require Photographic Identification to Vote. LWVME Opposed. Dead.

LD 155 An Act To Protect Voting Integrity by Establishing a Residency Verification Requirement for Purposes of Voting. LWVME Opposed. Dead.

LD 156 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President. LWVME Supports. Dead.

LD 979An Act Regarding Early Voting in Person. LWVME Supports. Dead.

LD 1086 An Act To Amend the Laws on the Conduct of Elections and To Establish a Nonpartisan Primary Election System for State and Federal Candidates. LWVME Neither For Nor Against. Dead.

LD 1204 An Act Regarding Absentee Voting by Residents of Nursing Homes and Other Residential Care Facilities. LWVME Opposes.. Amended and passed to be enacted. Became law without the Governor's signature.

LD 1232 An Act To Require the Secretary of State To Automatically Register Nonregistered Persons Who Are Qualified To Vote through Records of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. LWVME Supports. Dead.

LD 1284 An Act To Require Election Transparency and Audits. LWVME Supports. Dead.

LD 1383 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding Early Voting. LWVME Supports Dead.

LD 1624 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Implement Ranked-choice Voting. LWVME Supports Dead.

LD 1625 An Act To Repeal the Ranked-choice Voting Law. LWVME Opposes. Dead.

LD 1646 An Act To Bring Maine's Ranked-choice Voting Law into Constitutional Compliance. LWVME Supports. Amended to remove the provision that LWVME supported. Passed to be enacted. Became law without the Governor's signature. Partially overturned by People's Veto.

Ethics and Disclosure

LD 1591 An Act To Strengthen the Restrictions Governing Lobbying by Former Legislators and Former Executive Branch Officials. LWVME Supports Dead.

Other

HP 987JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING APPLICATION TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES FOR CALLING A CONVENTION TO PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO LIMIT THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. LWVME Opposed Dead.

LD 1726 An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Elections. LWVME Neither For Nor Against