Bills We’re Following This Legislative Session– So Far

The LWVME Advocacy Committee follows several bills through the Maine Legislature each session. Generally, these are measures that concern voting rights, election issues, and government ethics. Sometimes we simply monitor a bill, but often we give public testimony, attend public hearings and work sessions, contact senators and representatives for information, and work with other groups on issues that support the principles and priorities of the LWV. Here is a list of the measures we’re following (so far) in the first session of the 127th Maine Legislature.

LD & Web Link Title
LD 6 Resolve, To Implement Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Strengthen the Ethics Practices and Procedures for Executive Branch Employees
LD 15 An Act To Increase Transparency in Campaign Funding in Legislative Elections
LD 53 An Act To Require Shareholder Consent for Corporate Political Contributions
LD 33 An Act To Strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act, Improve Disclosure and Make Other Changes to the Campaign Finance Laws
LD 80 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Lower the Age Requirement To Run for Legislative Office
LD 106 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Increase the Length of Terms of Senators to 4 Years
LD 145 An Act To Amend the Verification and Certification Process for Direct Initiatives and People’s Veto Referenda
LD 174 An Act To Restrict the Raising of Money by Maine Clean Election Act Candidates
LD 175 An Act To Limit Maine Clean Election Act Funding to First-time Candidates
LD 176 An Act To Amend the Law Governing the Gathering of Signatures for Direct Initiatives and People’s Veto Referenda
LD 182 An Act To Eliminate Term Limits for Legislators
LD 189 An Act To Prohibit Undisclosed Political Spending
LD 197 An Act To Strengthen Maine’s Election Laws by Requiring Photographic Identification for the Purpose of Voting
LD 204 An Act To Prohibit Certain Activities by Maine Clean Election Act Candidates
LD 225 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Collection of Signatures for Referenda
LD 237 An Act To Address Recommendations from the Report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Regarding the Public Utilities Commission
LD 252 An Act To Increase Transparency of Entities Receiving Substantial Amounts of Public Funding
LD 334 An Act To Improve the Maine Clean Election Act
LD 370 An Act To Amend the Lobbyist Disclosure Procedures Law
LD 383 An Act Requiring Corporations To Have Approval from a Majority of Their Shareholders before Making Political Contributions Valued at Greater Than $5,000
LD 413 An Act To Expand Access to Absentee Ballots
LD 509 An Act To Facilitate the Timely Return of Requested Absentee Ballots
LD 532 An Act To Prohibit Maine Clean Election Act Candidates from Accepting Special Interest Money through a Political Party or Political Action Committee
LD 584 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Prohibit the Denial of Equal Rights Based on the Sex of an Individual
LD 585 An Act Regarding the Processing of Absentee Ballots Prior to Election Day
LD 617 An Act To Change Municipal Campaign Contribution Limits
LD 619 An Act To Limit the Participation of Candidates and Legislators in Political Action Committees and Nonprofit Entities Conducting Political Activities
LD 626 An Act Regarding Write-in Candidates in Municipal and City Elections
LD 641 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Elect 2 Senators from Each County
LD 720 An Act To Establish an Open Primary System in the State
LD 742 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That 5 Percent of Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each County
LD 744 An Act To Permit Unenrolled Voters To Cast Ballots in Primary Elections
LD 770 An Act To Permit Maine Residents To Register To Vote Online
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