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April 9, 2021  •  

Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

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The Maine Legislature adjourned sine die Tuesday, March 30. During the session, the Ethics Commission proposed Legislative Document 670 to increase the annual registration fees for lobbyists from $200 to $250 and lobbyist associates from $100 to $125. The bill […]

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The Maine Legislative Council has scheduled the annual harassment prevention training for April 28 at 10 a.m. Pursuant to 3 M.R.S.A. §170-B, lobbyists must complete an in-person harassment prevention training under the oversight of the Legislative Council, including the topics […]

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Maine Governor Janet Mills and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced a special election to be held March 9, 2021 for Senate District 14. The seat is vacant after Senator Shenna Bellows was elected as Secretary of State by the […]

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The Maine Senate will convene on Monday, August 24, to vote on three nominees for the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Campaign Practice. Under the Legislature’s joint rules, the Senate may convene independently for confirmation votes. Two of the nominees […]

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Senate President Troy Jackson and House Speaker Sara Gideon sent out a poll to Legislature members proposing a special legislative session. If the majority of lawmakers agree to the special session the Legislature would reconvene in August at the Augusta […]

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To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 due to in-person voting, Gov. Janet Mills issued Executive Order 39. Executive Order 39 postpones the primary from June 9 to Tuesday, July 14. The order also allows applications for absentee ballots to be […]

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March 18, 2020  •  

Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

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The Maine Legislature adjourned sine die on March 17 due to concerns with COVID-19. Before adjournment, lawmakers were able to pass a supplemental budget with provisions in response to the coronavirus. During the shortened legislative session, lawmakers also passed Legislative […]

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Due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, the Maine Legislature will suspend the legislative session on Tuesday, March 17. Lawmakers will meet to consider bills relating to the supplemental budget and legislation regarding coronavirus response before adjourning. Currently, the scheduled suspension […]

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On March 12, Gov. Janet Mills signed into law Legislative Document 1867 clarifying lobbyist reporting and registration requirements. The bill requires lobbyists to file a separate report for expenditures totaling over $300 in a calendar month. Expenditures include those made […]

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Legislative Document 54, sponsored by Senator Justin Chenette, became law without Gov. Janet Mill’s signature. The bill extended the current law prohibiting the governor, members of the Legislature, constitutional officers, and their staff from soliciting and accepting contributions from a […]

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The Maine Ethics Commission has drafted a proposal to mandate lobbying reports from any group spending over $2,000 in a month on grassroots activism, including television or digital advertising, aimed at pending legislation. The current threshold to trigger a report […]

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The annual lobbyist harassment prevention training in Maine for 2020 is now available. December training will be held in State House Room 127 Taxation in Augusta. Training in January, February, and March will be held at the State House Complex. […]

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Maine lawmakers voted to pass Gov. Janet Mills’ proposed $105 million bond to fund transportation efforts during the one-day special legislative session on Monday, August 26. The transportation bond to upgrade roads, bridges, ports, rail and air transportation, and to […]

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills issued a proclamation calling for a special legislative session to be held on Monday, August 26. The session will be used to consider bond proposals in transportation; infrastructure and economic development; environmental protection; and land conservation […]

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