Here's what we're seeing lately in Augusta:
- LD 1991 — Changing Governor Primary Elections: This bill would alter primary elections for governor to be nonpartisan and require top-two Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), where the top two candidates with the most votes advance to the general election. We have reservations and think that there’s a better way. Stay tuned. It has a public hearing on Wed., January 17 in the Veterans and Legal Affairs (VLA) committee.
- LD 1578 — National Popular Vote: NPV had its public hearing in VLA last Monday. It received plenty of good testimony, but the opposition is making its voice heard. We have to be louder and show that Mainers want NPV. Even the Editorial Board of the Portland Press Herald has endorsed it. Contact your legislator now and take action by signing up for the phonebank on January 18.
- LD 1590 — Disclosure of Campaign Funding Sources: This bill would have required disclosure of the true, original sources of contributions made to Maine PACs and ballot questions committees. Mainers want to know who is spending money to influence our democracy. We support this bill. There was enthusiasm for it in 2023, but that seems to have dissipated. The committee thought the bill too complicated for this session and voted "ONTP" = Ought Not to Pass.
- LD 1966 — County Clean Elections: This would have established Clean Elections for county offices in Maine, including district attorneys, sheriffs, and county commissioners. We 100% support this bill. During its work session last week, the VLA stripped it back to just include clean elections for district attorneys. It received a divided report (split votes) “OTP-A” = Ought to Pass Amended.
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