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Bills to address the 20,000-person waiting list for housing vouchers in Maine; the passing of COVID relief–without support from Rep. Jared Golden; one week until the special election for Maine Senate District 14; the passage of the Equality Act by the House, and Sen. Susan Collins’ announcement that she won’t co-sponsor it; and updates on the Maine Legislature. Find updates on these and other items in our latest newsletter.

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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: Track Bills, Contact Your Legislators, and Be Heard!

The Maine Legislature will hold public hearings and work sessions this week on a COVID-19 Patient Bill of Rights, a bill to expand rental assistance to address affordable housing and homelessness and a measure to expand ranked choice voting to state general elections. QUICK ACTION: Learn more about these and other bills and contact your legislators today!

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COVID RELIEF: Support Biden’s American Rescue Plan

The House passed Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief package early Feb. 27–without support from Jared Golden. Senate debate begins this week.QUICK ACTION: Learn how the aid package would benefit Mainers and ask Senators Collins and King to support it.

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How to Talk About Indian-Themed Mascots

Maine passed the nation’s first ban on Indian-themed mascots in all public schools two years ago. Despite this progress, the upcoming Super Bowl match-up featuring the Kansas City “Chiefs” is a stark reminder that much work remains to retire Indian-themed mascots from all schools and sports teams. In collaboration with representatives from the Penobscot Nation, we’ve compiled the most common arguments made by those who want to keep these offensive mascots, with suggestions for ways to respond.

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2020 Maine Legislature Roundup Recap

An early adjournment due to COVID-19 meant that many bills we were tracking in the second session of the 129th Maine Legislature were left on the table, eventually dying when efforts to reconvene for a special session were unsuccessful. Our Legislature Roundup will reconvene with the Legislature in January 2021, with dozens of bills to track in the coming session. For now, see what passed in 2020 and what was left behind.

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EARTH DAY EVERY DAY: 50 tips to help the planet

April 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Because we think every day should be celebrated as Earth Day, we’ve created a list of 50 lifestyle changes you can make to live lighter on the planet. From saying no-thanks to single-use disposable products to learning better recycling hygiene, this list, created in partnership with various environmental groups, offers easy and creative ways for your family to celebrate Earth Day every day.

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Victories & Good News Roundup: 2020 Election Edition

This election season was unlike any the country has seen. Despite a global pandemic, more Americans cast ballots this year than ever before and there is much good news to report from the polls. We’ve captured some of the brightest victories in our Victories & Good News Roundup.

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

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Maine House:
1-800-423-2900 
Maine Senate:
1-800-423-6900
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