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MAINE LEGISLATURE ROUNDUP: This week in Augusta

Here’s our Legislature Roundup for the week of April 22, where you’ll find details on public hearings and work sessions on bills to ban single-use plastic bags, create a green new deal in Maine, reduce gun-related suicides, and domestic violence, create paid family and medical leave, and expand access to dental care. You’ll also find information on upcoming votes on a ban on conversion therapy, a bill to protect children against preventable diseases, and a bill to block all Indian-themed mascots at public schools in Maine. 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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SUPPORT ERPO BILL: Reduce Suicide & Domestic Violence Gun Deaths

Last year’s “ERPO” bill was vetoed by Gov. LePage, but a new bill, LD 1312, has just been introduced. Extreme Risk Protection Orders reduce gun-related suicides and domestic violence homicides by temporarily suspending access to firearms for people who are a danger to themselves or others.
QUICK ACTION: Join the Maine Gun Safety Coalition and Moms Demand Action on April 22 at the State House to rally in support of LD 1312 and to testify at the public hearing. 

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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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#SaveTheCensus: No citizenship question on the 2020 Census

The Trump administration wants to add an untested and unnecessary citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, which could discourage immigrant participation and potentially change how congressional seats are distributed among states and how federal funds for health care, education, infrastructure and more are distributed to the states. The question has been challenged in the courts and will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court April 23. QUICK ACTION: Learn more and ask your MoCs to support the 2020 Census IDEA Act.

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN YEMEN: End U.S. Support for Saudi-Backed War

Trump has vetoed a bipartisan resolution to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen, which has produced what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in 100 years. QUICK ACTION: Ask Representatives Pingree and Golden and Senators King and Collins to override Trump’s veto.

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FACT CHECK: Correcting anti-vaccine testimony

While measles outbreaks are spreading across 15 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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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

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