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April 22, 2024  •  

Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

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The second regular session of the 131st Legislature adjourned sine die on April 17. Lawmakers passed Legislative Document 833, effective July 16, to prohibit individuals who contribute to a governor’s inaugural or transitional committee from registering as lobbyists for the […]

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The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices published legislative summaries and updated guides to reflect legislation passed in 2023. Effective October 25, the window to register as a lobbyist is decreased from 15 to 10 calendar days following triggering […]

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July 27, 2023  •  

Maine Veto Session Ends

The veto session ended on July 25 with Gov. Janet Mills giving her comments on a sustained veto of a bill seeking to prohibit campaign spending by entities influenced by foreign governments. According to Mills, the bill poorly defined what is foreign […]

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July 10, 2023  •  

Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

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Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House and Senate completed their final session for the year and adjourned sine die on March 30. Bills related to campaign finance and lobbying reports were passed and signed by the governor. Senate Bill 255 requires […]

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March 21, 2023  •  

Special Election Scheduled in Maine

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A special election has been scheduled for June 13 to fill a vacant state representative seat in Maine House District 45. The seat became vacant when Rep. Clinton Collamore resigned last month after being indicted on charges related to violations […]

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February 20, 2023  •  

Maine Contribution Limits Increased

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Maine’s Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices raised contribution limits. Individuals and PACs may now contribute up to $1,950 per election to gubernatorial candidates, up to $475 per election to legislative candidates, and up to $575 per election for […]

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City Hall in Portland, ME - by: Billy Hathorn

Voters passed seven of 13 ballot questions including measures to establish a clean elections program, ranked-choice voting, an ethics commission, and a code of ethics. The new campaign finance rules prohibit corporate contributions to candidates for city office and prohibit […]

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City Hall in Portland, ME - by: Billy Hathorn

Portland, Maine City Council adopted an ethics code that will apply to the council members. The ethics code adopts and incorporates by reference several provisions of state law, including the sections on improper influence and improper gifts to public servants […]

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May 10, 2022  •  

Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

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The second regular session of the 130th Maine Legislature adjourned sine die on May 9. Two campaign finance bills were passed during the session and signed by the governor. Legislative Document 1782, effective January 1, 2023, permits business entities to […]

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Maine Gov. Mills signed Legislative Document 1782 amending the state’s campaign finance law. Beginning December 1, 2023, the amount individuals can contribute to separate segregated fund committees will be adjusted every two years based on the Consumer Price Index. The […]

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Maine Gov. Mills signed Legislative Document 1754 amending the state’s major contributor disclosure law. The amendments exclude committees from the definition of major contributor and exclude certain funds from disclosure requirements. Major contributors will no longer need to disclose funds […]

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January 27, 2022  •  

Maine Special Election Scheduled

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Gov. Mills announced a special election for Maine Senate District 7 to be held on June 14. The seat became vacant when Sen. Louis Luchini resigned to take a position with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The winner of the […]

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January 19, 2022  •  

Maine Legislator to Resign

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Sen. Louis Luchini announced he would resign from the Maine Legislature in order to accept a new job as an advocate within the U.S. Small Business Administration. The governor is expected to call a special election to fill the vacant […]

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The Maine State Ethics Commission released the dates of the next lobbyist harassment training. All lobbyists must complete harassment training at the start of each legislative session and lobbyists must maintain copies of their annual certifications for at least two […]

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