Here are our Calls to Action, Guides, and Explainers on Maine legislation, policy, and issues. For contact information for your legislators, information on the legislative process, and to track bills in the current legislative session, visit our Legislature Roundup. Interested in helping us track state legislation and policy? Take action with us.
Everything we’ve done for the past three years comes down to this year’s elections. We’re ready, and with this guide, you will be, too.
QUICK ACTION: Learn who’s on the ballot on Nov. 3, how to vote absentee, register to vote by mail, sign up to be a poll worker or poll watcher, and how to help elect progressive candidates up and down the ballot.
The Trump administration is using every trick in the book to derail and devalue the 2020 Census in order to disenfranchise minority communities. This critical count of the national population determines congressional representation, legislative districts, and vital federal funding for states.
QUICK ACTION: Complete your 2020 Census now and tell Susan Collins to pass the HEROES Act.
The Legislature met March 18 to pass legislation related to the state’s pandemic response and approve other bills already in the pipeline, before adjourning sine die, temporarily suspending the current session to mitigate the spread of the disease. Other legislation will be carried over until the Legislature convenes again. QUICK ACTION: Learn more about the bills that passed or were carried over.read more
74% of Maine voters overwhelmingly rejected Question 1, a “people’s veto” that attempted to repeal Maine’s new law that protects public health and safety by eliminating non-medical exemptions for school-required immunizations.
QUICK ACTION: Get answers about the law and the referendum, and learn how to effectively respond to vaccine opponents.
The first regular session of the 129th Maine Legislature was gaveled to a close just after dawn on Thursday, June 20. Legislators considered more than 2,000 bills since convening in December. Our State Government Working Group collaborated with other grassroots...read more
As 2019 draws to a close, we’re taking stock of this year’s many legislative victories. We didn’t win every battle, but Maine is in a far better position today than we have been in a long while, and we’re on our way to repairing the damage of the past 8 years. Read the latest Victories & Good News Report: Maine Legislature Edition and let your legislators know how you feel about their votes!read more
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and communities around Maine are holding events to draw attention to intimate partner violence and violence prevention
QUICK ACTION: Attend an event near you.
Lawmakers passed a number of key bills this session that protect public health, curb environmental damage, ban conversion therapy and racial discrimination, expand abortion access, promote voter registration, and protect the rights of terminally ill patients. Efforts to repeal these laws via “people’s veto” are underway in Maine as petitioners race to collect the required signatures by Sept. 13. UPDATE 9/18: 11 of the 12 people’s veto efforts have failed. Unfortunately, anti-vaccine groups appear to have collected enough signatures to place a “people’s veto” on the ballot in March to repeal a law that strengthened childhood vaccine requirements. Click below for more details.read more
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 the public hearing earlier this year for a law passed by the Maine Legislature to 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.read more
All 11 of the new gun safety bills we tracked this session were defeated in the Maine legislature this session. QUICK ACTION: Find out how your state legislators voted, and hold them accountable for their opposition and continued inaction.read more