Statements, Op-Eds, and Testimony
Suit Up Maine’s leaders frequently write guest editorials and letters to the editor, issue statements, and submit public testimony in favor or opposition to bills before the Maine Legislature. You can find them below.
Every bill that goes before the Maine Legislature gets a public hearing, offering Mainers an opportunity to make their voice heard on every piece of legislation our elected officials consider. It’s a hallmark of our citizen Legislature and a key step to holding our elected officials accountable. Suit Up Maine testified on more than a dozen bills during the first half of the 130th Legislature, on issues ranging from housing to health care to racial justice. Read our testimony and learn more about the bills we tracked.
The following testimony was submitted in support of LD 2, An Act To Require the Inclusion of Racial Impact Statements in the Legislative Process.
Flipping Maine’s Senate seat would have helped break McConnell’s log jam of obstructionism. Now that work falls to Susan Collins.
The following testimony was submitted in support of LD 2094, An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act.
The following testimony was submitted in support of LD 1613, An Act Regarding Women’s Health and Economic Security.
The following testimony was submitted in support of LD 1955, An Act To Promote Cost-effectiveness in the MaineCare Program and Improve the Oral Health of Maine Adults and Children.
One year ago, Sen. Susan Collins stood on the Senate floor, offered a 45-minute long defense of Brett Kavanaugh, and announced she would vote to confirm him for the Supreme Court. In doing so, she denied credible accusations of sexual assault, disregarded evidence of his extremist views, and ignored the majority of her constituents, who had plead with her for months to deny Kavanaugh that seat.
While all Mainers should be pleased to see that groups such as the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Gun Owners of Maine now recognize that the deadly combination of people in crisis and guns is deserving of legislative action, they also should have serious concerns about the process involved in crafting a new alternative “red flag” bill and the impact that process is having on other bills before the Legislature.
Op-Ed: Maine Voices: Augusta fails to recognize that gun injuries, deaths are a public safety crisis
Just over a year ago, students and parents flooded the streets, their legislators’ offices and social media, demanding change in the wake of yet another school massacre. What have we accomplished since then?
The following testimony was submitted in support of LD 1410, An Act To Create Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits.