Interesting poll conducted in Maine that reflects on two recent bills we and many supported:
WABI TV Poll. The past 9 polls were posted and most had a 2,000ish responses, one had under 2,000 responses: “Should transgender females be allowed to compete in female school athletic programs?” We had 4,179 votes. 12% said yes, 88% said no.
Let the Maine Judiciary Committee know what Mainer's believe... LD An Act To Ban Biological Males from Participating in Women's Sports LD An Act To Prohibit Biological Males from Participating in School Athletic Programs and Activities Designated for Females at Schools That Receive Federal Funding ...
We often are focused on Maine issues here, we do get positive feedback when we post national items. There apparently is a vote today on HR 1, the Elections Legislation that is termed by the National Family Policy Alliance: the so-called “For the People Act,” (better known as “The Corrupt Politicians Act”)
Just got a set of great questions on interacting with the Maine Legislature, thought I would share it...
Questions: I was just wondering...during the live public hearings on Zoom, how far into the public hearings do the testimonies begin? And do you know what order they go in (alphabetically...)? I.e., does someone have to watch the entire hearing to be able to testify? And is there a guarantee that if you sign up to testify live that you will get to speak?
MY Answers: Wow, all great questions... - They will start the hearing, hopefully close to on time. They will do housekeeping and introduce each committee member. If a big issue or they are doing multiple bills together, they probably will do a short talk on how they will proceed. The Chair of the committee can make any change they wish, what order the bills go, how much time you can have to testify,...They usually will go in this order for testimony...Sponsor (gets all the time they need), other state reps. or state senators (gets all the time they want), the public, (limited time). They usually will go in this order...those for the bill, those against and then those who are not for/against but want to add. If there are a lot of testimonies to come...the chair may break it up such as do 10 for, 10 against and 10 not for or against...then repeat that order.
In terms of bills, they post a schedule which is the order they will follow but again, the chair can make changes such as if bills are similar, they can announce they will do all in the same public hearing...they did this last week in Education when taking all 4 Vaccination bills together. The chair also can change the order if they want, an example is a sponsor is not available at the appointed time and they switch to accommodate.
I guess you don't have to watch but when I have testified, I don't know until my computer is pulled in - that it is my turn. I wonder if you contact the Committee Staffer, found on the www.maine.gov website committee list, if they would email or text you when you turn is coming?
Finally, if you sign up to testify...YES, you will get to speak. The LD 798 Hearing a few years ago on the Vaccination issue went until 2:30 am. (If you wander away, they call you up to speak and you miss it...that would be the one example of not speaking although I believe if you came back, they would actually accommodate that too).
Final note, the legislative system was created for "citizens" to be able to be involved, I believe "the legislative members" want to hear from you, please testify when you feel drawn to an issue. ...
Anyone else think the Presidential Proclamations of Easter and National Day of Prayer, minus mentioning Jesus and God, was odd and off?
We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. We command no worship. We mandate no belief. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave it bereft of belief. All are free to believe or not believe; all are free to practice a faith or not. But those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief, to apply moral teaching to public questions. --President Ronald Reagan
Action Alert Plenty of notice on this one, May 18, beginning at 9am, there will be 6 bills we see as important, we support each one. Follow here as we focus on those bills over the next week. Our call out to you last week was extremely successful, many of you stepped up to write testimony and/or testify live. We thank you for that and will ask for your help again! We have created a worksheet of information similar to what we used last time. Will post soon, ask if you would like it to support your testimony creation. Also, the testimony link is updated so you can go on even now to post your written testimony.
Here is the announcement:
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Sen. Anne Carney, Senate Chair Rep. Thom Harnett, House Chair
PUBLIC HEARING: Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 9:00 AM, State House, Room 438 (Not open to public but you can attend via ZOOM).
(L.D. 748) Bill "An Act To Remove Coverage under the MaineCare Program for Abortions Not Covered by Medicaid" Sponsor Rep. Javner
(L.D. 915) Bill "An Act To Conform State Funding to the Federal Hyde Amendment Limiting Funding for Some Abortion Services" Sponsor Rep. Faulkingham
(L.D. 825) Bill "An Act To Ensure Equality in Women's Health Care Access in Maine by Requiring Facilities Providing Abortions To Inform Patients of Options and Alternatives" Sponsor Sen. Stewart
(L.D. 851) Bill "An Act To Ensure Women Are Informed of Abortion Pill Reversal" Sponsor Rep. Griffin
(L.D. 1229) Bill "An Act To Require Certain Medical Providers To Administer Ultrasounds and Provide Information to Certain Pregnant Patients" Sponsor Rep. Griffin
(L.D. 1225) Bill "An Act To Provide Dignity for Fetal Remains by Requiring Their Interment or Cremation" Sponsor Sen. Cyrway ...