Why this site?
The State of Maine provides a large amount of information on bills as they become law and you can examine
individual roll call votes for the Senate or the House of Representatives,
However, although it is straightforward to follow a particular bill's progress, it is quite time consuming
to follow a particular legislator's actions on a variety of bills. This site addresses that difficulty
by re-packaging the information provided by the State by legislator and by topic, so that we can follow our leaders.
On legislator information pages:
from the Maine People's Alliance, Maine Conservation Voters, Maine AFL-CIO, and Maine Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Documents sponsored and co-sponsored,
including all legislative documents (LDs) with plain English summaries and current status.
all roll call votes on legislative documents in the Senate and House, including date, roll call number, LD title, motion, outcome of motion, current status of legislation, LD summary, summaries of any amendments, and fiscal notes. Votes by Representatives are up, votes by the Senate will be completed by the end of August.
On committees and bills page:
A listing of the committee membership
for committes of the Senate, committees of the House, and Joint Committees of the Legislature.
Select from bill topics or committee a bill was referred to
to obtain a list of bills under consideration and/or a list of bills that have reached terminal status for sesssion 1 - that is, bills that have become law or have been placed in the legislative file (i.e., "dead" bills) or have been tabled to Special Appropriations by the Senate.
Listings for active bills by topic or committee include a plain English summary of the bill and adopted amendments, committee assignment, and current status which is updated weekly to the state's site contents through the date recorded here: July 2, 2019
The first regular session ended on June 19, and any bills not listed as dead or enacted have been carried over to any special session or the second regular session pusuant to the Joint Resolution given by House Paper 1322. Thirty-nine bills that were enacted in both chambers were placed on hold by Governor Mills, which means she has until the third day of the second regular session to either veto or sign them. For now, these
bills are shown with other bills that were carried over.
NEW: A listing of the People's Veto bills and Citizens Initiatives that have been approved by the Secreatry of State for petitions.
Maine's Constitution allows citizens of the state to both inititate legislation (Citizens Initiatives) and veto legislation that has been enacted (People's Veto) via petitions (10% of the voters in the last gubernatorial election are required, 63,067 signatures). There are currently 10 People's Veto and 5 Citizen Initiative petitions approved for circulation by the Secretary of State. View the list of the bills that would be vetoed and the initiatives, with summaries, here