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July 5, 2017  •  

Maine Legislature Recesses

The Maine 2017 regular session recessed on July 3, 2017. The Legislature failed to pass a budget on June 30, 2017, forcing Gov. Paul LePage to declare a state of civil emergency in the absence of a biennial budget. The […]

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In an attempt to prevent doctors from overprescribing opioids, the Maine Legislature recently passed a bill prohibiting manufacturers or wholesalers, or an agent of either, from offering gifts to health care practitioners. A “gift,” as it pertains to the Maine […]

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The first regular session of the 128th Legislature has been extended for up to five legislative days. Originally, statutory adjournment was scheduled for June 21, 2017. Both the Senate and House agreed to extend the session in a Joint Order […]

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The staff of the Maine Ethics Commission (MEC) will propose legislation to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices at a meeting on December 8, 2016, to enhance the public’s understanding of major contributors to political committees. The statutory […]

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November 9, 2016  •  

Ranked-Choice Voting for Maine

Several citizen’s initiatives were approved by Maine voters last night. Ranked-choice voting will replace the current election system (IB 2); a tax surcharge will be imposed on certain households to increase funding for public schools (IB 3); minimum wage will […]

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September 2, 2016  •  

Maine’s Governor Will Not Resign

Gov. Paul LePage stated he would not be resigning over his alleged racist remarks and profanity-laced voicemail to Rep. Drew Gattine. LePage has publicly apologized to the citizens of Maine and privately to Gattine for his actions. Democratic members of […]

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On August 31, 2016, the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices adopted a rule clarifying the “house party” exception from the definition of contribution. Following complaints the exception amounted to undisclosed contributions, the commission adopted a rule stating the […]

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Gov. Paul LePage stated he is going to call the Legislature back for a special session this summer. LePage said the special session will address the deficit in funding and resources created by the passage of four separate laws by […]

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A record five citizen’s initiatives are set to hit the November ballot. If all five initiatives pass, ranked-choice voting would replace the current election system (IB 2), a tax surcharge would be imposed on certain households to increase funding for […]

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The second regular session of the 127th Legislature adjourned sine die April 29, 2016. The statutory adjournment date was April 20, 2016; however, the Legislature spent an additional nine days in session. Legislators successfully overturned 20 of the 30 vetoes […]

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Following the resignation of State Sen. David Dutremble, Gov. LePage has set a date for a special election to fill the empty District 32 seat. The special election will be held on March 29. Democrats, Republicans, and members of the […]

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State Senator David Dutremble has announced his resignation from the senate after serving there for the past four years. Dutremble cited the demands of splitting his time between working as a firefighter and senator as the primary reason for his […]

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The Maine Ethics Commission handed down two penalties today for lobbying and campaign finance law violations.  Joel Allumbaugh, a lobbyist for a Florida-based think tank, was fined $50 for failing to disclose his status as a paid lobbyist to a […]

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November 5, 2015  •  

Special Session Requested in Maine

Governor LePage has requested a special session during an appearance before the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee. LePage is urging the committee to readdress the state budget and to reconsider additional funding to address the drug crisis facing the state. In Maine, special […]

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