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Links to State of Maine .gov Websites

No one competes with the State as a source of information about legislators and legislation. What follows is a list organized by type of information.

Any of this information can be useful depending on one's interest at a point in time, but my personal favorite is the "Committee Info" page shown below. Crafting intelligent policy that is durable and improves people's lives is challenging, and if you would like to see the arguments that were offered on both sides of proposed legislation, then you will want to see the testimony heard by the committee that the bill was referred to.

To learn who your legislators are

Use the State's website, at which you can type in your address, The Maine Voter Information Lookup Service

To learn more about your legislator

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate maintain websites of information which includes links to home pages for each Senator and Representative as well as a variety of other useful links:

The Maine House of Representatives

The Maine State Senate

To provide testimony at a committee hearing, written or in person

The schedule of public hearings for all committees is available from a drop-down menu here.
Detailed and practical advice for providing testimony in-person is provided here.
Written testimony may be provided by using the form here.
Public hearings for any committee can be heard live online, links to the audio for each committee are provided here.

Sensible advice is to be polite in both written and oral testimony. You or I would not find rude behavior or comments persuasive and I do not imagine that legislators do, either.

To see all roll call votes in the House of Representatives or the Senate

For a House roll call vote, use the link above and follow the "Roll Call" link on that page.
For a Senate roll call votes are listed here: 129th Senate Roll Calls

To learn more about a specific legislative document, order or paper

The easiest way to find information on the State's website is to start with any roll call, and then use their navigation system. Once you select a particular roll call to view from either of the pages of all roll call votes given above, the page that lists the roll call has their navigation bar on the left, shown below:

image of state website navigation bar

The site is navigated by using the tabs on the left, which are the same starting from any roll call. The tabs link to the following pages:

To learn more about the legislative process

The State provides an overview here.

Joint rules of the 129th legislature (e.g., Joint rule 310.3 is here) are available here.

An additional useful additional reference is The Legislative Handbook, authored by the State's Office of Policy and Legal Analysis and given to freshly minted legislators at the start of each session. A PDF version of the Handbook for the 129th Session resides here.

Additional sources and resources

The Maine Ethics Commission is the source for the candidate's funding in the 2018 election.

Links to additional sites used for the scorecards on legislator information pages are available from the Explanation of the Scorecards.

I try to post upcoming hearings with each bill on this website, but I can fall behind. The Sunday Telegram provides a list of committee hearings weekly.

Suit Up Maine, a non-partisan progressive group of more than 5,400 volunteers, provides a wealth of information for citizen involvement on a variety of issues that are being considered at both the state and federal government levels. They track a selected set of bills in the Maine legislature, and are open to suggestion on additional bills to follow. Their follow-up on issues is thorough and detailed.