Maine Legislature Roundup

Suit Up Maine collaborates with other grassroots groups, legislators, and statewide advocacy organizations to identify and track bills on a range of progressive issues under consideration each legislative session. The 130th Legislature convened in early December to swear in all representatives and senators, elect House and Senate leaders, and choose constitutional officers, including the Secretary of State. Legislators have introduced more than 1,000 bills for consideration during this session, including many that died this year after efforts to convene a special session were unsuccessful. We will add bills to our tracker soon after the Legislature reconvenes in January. Until then, take a look at the FAQ below and contact your legislators to learn more about their legislative priorities and share yours. Find a recap of the 2020 legislative session HERE and see other actions and guides on state legislation on our Maine Government page. 

How do I…

Find my legislators?

Not sure who your legislators are? Find a list of all your state and federal elected officials HERE. Or visit the Legislature website to find a full list of all Maine Senators and Maine Representatives.

Look up a bill?

You can look up any bill that has been introduced into the Legislature on the Maine Legislature web site, by searching by the bill number, the sponsor’s name, or the bill title.

Easily track legislation?

The Legislature considers thousands of bills each session. We track several dozen key bills, as do a number of advocacy organizations (see above for links). You can also search for a bill by LD number or text search.

Pro Tip: You can also sign up to receive email alerts on House and Senate calendars, legislation status, public hearings dates, and more through the Maine Legislature Mailing List.

Testify at or attend a public hearing?

All bills and state agency commissioner nominees are assigned to one of 19 standing joint committees and receive a public hearing. You may attend these hearings to observe or to testify. Learn where to go, what to bring, and what to expect in this guide from the Maine Legislature. You can also get some pointers from ACLU of Maine.

Pro Tip: Find out if one of your legislators serves on the committee before you testify and contact her/him/them in advance with your concerns. Find your legislators and their contact information, including email, HERE. Find a list of members of each committee from the drop-down menu of Joint Standing Committees HERE.

Pro Tip: If you’d like to testify but can’t make the hearing, you may submit written testimony via the Legislative Information Office’s online form. While all submitted testimony is shared with committee members and becomes part of the public record, only testimony submitted online by midnight on the day of the bill’s public hearing will be included on the bill’s web page.

Submit testimony or listen to a public hearing if I can't attend in person?

If you’d like to testify but can’t make the hearing, you may submit your testimony electronically via the Legislative Information Office’s online form. While all submitted testimony is shared with committee members and becomes part of the public record, only testimony submitted online by midnight on the day of the bill’s public hearing will be included on the bill’s web page.

All public hearings are broadcast via the Legislature’s website. Visit the Legislative Media Room, select the appropriate room, then select the hearing you wish to listen to.

Pro Tip: You can find the room assignments for public hearings on the legislative calendar.

Watch or listen to the House and Senate during a session?

House and Senate sessions are livestreamed via the House Chamber Live Video or the Senate Chamber Live Video.

Find my legislators' committees?

Find out where your legislators serve on the list of Joint Standing Committees.

Pro Tip: Committee clerks are a great resource, and every committee has one. They track legislation, sometimes know in advance when a public hearing might be scheduled, and often can provide updates on a bill’s status. They are helpful and respond quickly to inquiries from Maine residents. Find clerks’ contact information on each committee’s page at the link above.

Find out how my legislators voted?

Check the websites for the House Roll Call and Senate Roll Call. Individual roll calls are also listed on the bill listings.

Pro Tip: Some bills will pass by a voice vote, also called “under the hammer,” in which unanimous approval is presumed unless an objection is raised. Voice votes do not have a roll call.

Learn how a bill becomes a law in Maine?

Thousands of bills can be introduced in a single legislative session. Many don’t get far but those that do travel a complicated path. Learn more about how a bill becomes law in Maine in this overview from the Clerk of the House and Secretary of State.

Pro Tip: The Legislative Information Office is a nonpartisan public information office whose staff can answer questions about the legislative process, bill status, committee meetings, and just about anything else related to the Legislature.

You can reach them at
207-287-1692 or by email at
webmaster_lio@legislature.maine.gov.

Find a copy of the Maine State Constitution?

Read the Maine State Constitution and other session laws and statutes on the Maine Legislature website.

Register to vote?

Really want to effect change in Maine government? Vote! Find information about registration on the Secretary of State webpage.

Maine Legislature Speed Dial


Maine House:

1-800-423-2900 (leave a voicemail)
(207) 287-1400 (speak to staff)
Maine Senate:
1-800-423-6900 (leave a voicemail)
(207) 287-1540 (speak to staff)
TTY: Use Maine Relay 711

Legislative Information Office:
207-287-1692

Not sure who your legislators are? Find them HERE.

Pro Tip: Leave messages for your legislators at one of the number above, including their names, your name and town, bill number, and how you’d like them to vote. Messages are transcribed and delivered to legislators’ desks throughout the day.

Pro Tip: Emails from constituents are particularly persuasive. Find email addresses HERE.