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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: This week in Augusta

Here’s our Legislature Roundup for the week of May 20, where you’ll find details on public hearings and work sessions on bills on juvenile justice reform, extreme risk protection orders, tax credits for working families, and justice for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors on tribal lands. You’ll also find information on upcoming votes on bills to restore the social safety net for asylum seekers, remove outdated barriers to abortion services, and create a state Equal Rights Amendment. QUICK ACTION: Review this week’s public hearings, submit testimony on bills that matter to you, and tell your legislators how you’d like them to vote.

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BLOCK EXTREMIST & UNQUALIFIED JUDGES: No Zealots in Lifetime Positions

We’re tracking the most concerning nominees to lifetime judicial appointments, in partnership with other progressive groups. Floor votes are now imminent for corruption defender Kenneth Bell, and anti-LGBTQ nominee Howard Neilson. 
QUICK ACTION: Call Collins and King and tell them to voice their opposition to Clark, Bell, Neilson and other extremist nominees facing imminent confirmation votes.

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ABORTION RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK: How You Can Stand Up and Fight Back

Extreme abortion bans have passed in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi, and more are pending in several state legislatures. All are designed to take advantage of the the Supreme Court’s new conservative majority in an attempt to overturn Roe v Wade.
QUICK ACTION: Find out how YOU can help support, protect, and expand abortion access.

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GUN REFORM: Maine’s New Gun Bills Need Your Support

11 new gun reform bills were recently introduced in the Maine legislature, covering Extreme Risk Protection Orders, high capacity magazines, background checks, safe storage, ghost guns, and more. Meanwhile, Republicans are pushing a deadly “Stand Your Ground” bill.
QUICK ACTION: Learn more about the bills, check their status, and make sure your legislators know how you want them to vote! 

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THE MUELLER REPORT: Reset the Narrative

The Mueller Report is finally available. Why haven’t you read it yet? There is nothing more dangerous to Trump’s re-election chances than an informed electorate.
QUICK ACTION: Turn off the pundits, put away the editorial page, and read the report as Mueller intended it to be read. Find links to versions for all platforms and print here, and plan your own book club gathering to discuss it with your friends.

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FACT CHECK: Correcting Anti-Vaccine Testimony

While measles outbreaks are spreading across 22 states and Maine’s pertussis rate is the worst in the nation, our state’s non-medical vaccination opt-out rate is more than triple the national average. At a recent hearing for a bill that would strengthen vaccination requirements for school children, false and misleading information was shared by anti-vaccination advocates. We decided to do some fact checking to set the record straight.

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ARM YOURSELF…WITH FACTS!

Need quick access to facts to fight back against gun nonsense? We’ve built you a war chest.
Check out our list of the most powerful gun violence statistics and find rebuttals to common arguments against gun reform. Take your weapons into battle and win!

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Speed Dial Congress

Sen. Angus King, Jr. (I):
(202) 224-5344
Sen. Susan Collins (R):
(202) 224-2523
Chellie Pingree (D):
(202) 225-6116
Rep. Jared Golden (D):
(202) 225-6306

For full contact info, including numbers for district offices in Maine, visit the Civic Dashboard.

Speed Dial Maine Legislature

Maine House:
1-800-423-2900 
Maine Senate:
1-800-423-6900
TTY: Use Maine Relay 711

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