UPDATED August 5, 2021

The 130th Maine Legislature completed the first year of its two-year legislative session in July. While there are provisions that allow the Legislative Leaders to call members back and the Governor also may call members back, this first session appears to be finished. The second session will begin in January 2022. The second session usually is shorter and will see fewer bills as any second session bill must be approved by legislative leadership before it is allowed to be considered (There are 10 votes, 6 votes to approve).

 Legislators even now are being asked to submit their bill proposals for 2022 by September 24th, 2021 for them to be considered for the second session. These new bills must be approved by leadership to be considered during the second session. One other area of note is that there are slightly more than 200 bills that were not resolved this first session and thereby were “carried over” to the second session. They will each be worked on in the second session as well as any new bills the leadership approves.

CCL Maine will continue to follow the events of the Maine Legislature and post what we believe you need or want to hear about. Check back here periodically for new posts. If you would like to have a regular email of weekly items to consider, email Mike McClellan (Policy Director) at policy@cclmaine.org or call him at 329-6148. The email tends to go out every Friday. CCL Maine recently held two candidate trainings to help people learn more about local and statewide elected office. We expect to offer more trainings and informative events this fall and in 2022. As always, please pray for our Governor, legislators, their staff, and families.

Sponsor: Senator Cathy Breen
Senate District #25

Update
This bill has been carried over to the next session in 2022.

Description
This bill seeks to protect the reproductive rights and freedoms of Maine people.

Summary
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill seeks to protect the reproductive rights and freedoms of Maine people.

Our Concerns
The obvious concerns of cementing abortion rights, also that as a concept draft, we will not know much of the details until the public hearing.

Sponsor: Rep. Tracy Quint
House District#144

Update
This bill is being carried over against the sponsor’s wishes.

Description
This bill prohibits mandatory vaccinations for coronavirus disease 2019 for 5 years from the date of a vaccine’s first emergency use authorization by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, in order to allow for safety testing and investigations into reproductive harm.

Summary
This legislation would stop forced vaccination for COVID for 5 years to allow better study implications.

Our Concerns

We believe people have the right to take or refuse vaccinations.

Update
This legislation has not been sent to committee yet.

Sponsor: Rep. MaryAnne Kinney
House District
#99

Update
This bill received a few work sessions. It was decided there was more to research and it will be “Carried Over” to the next legislative session.

Summary

  • Ends commissions and surcharges on telephone, video or commissary services provided to people who are incarcerated.
  • Directs the Maine Department of Corrections to negotiate its contract with telephone, video and commissary providers to give county jails the option to opt into the state contract and its terms.
  • Caps the rate of phone calls per minute to 11 cents.
  • Ends the ability to charge a connection fee on phone calls
  • Provides two free calls to people who are incarcerated to ensure that everyone has access to their children, family and recovery support services, regardless of their ability to pay.

Our Concerns
Certainly, people sentenced should follow through to regain their place in society. However, it would not be appropriate to add higher fees to services they rely on–especially given how important it is to encourage outside contact and maintaining relationships to a rehabilitation effort. The sponsor and people behind this effort are researching the situation and will hopefully come back with legislation we can fully endorse.

Sponsor: Rep. Lois Reckitt
House District
#31

Update
This (terrible) legislation apparently did not have support and is being carried over to the second session in 2022.

Summary
We do not have the language of the proposed legislation other than the title. Note, the title says this is a constitutional amendment, which means it needs a higher vote to pass in the House and Senate and that if it passes, the question would go out Maine Citizens in a future election. A success in all this would change the Maine Constitution.

Our Concerns
In the past few years we have seen many proposed bills be coordinated across states in very organized efforts. This was one. The ERA movement (Women’s Rights) of the 1970’s arguably concluded at a certain time in the past in defeat but there are those who believe it is still open and being contested. We believe this bill is not about women’s rights. This bill is concerning because in other states it has been used to lock into state constitutions abortion rights and gender rights. LR 620 is a title and has no body yet. The sponsor is the same from a past try on this effort and so we are watching this one carefully. Please check back here regularly for this and additional bills we monitor.

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