Legislative Priorities

The first session of the 129th Legislature in Augusta has produced more than 2,000 bills, and MCC’s Public Policy Committee has been monitoring a record number of them.  At the time this newsletter went to press, most were still in process with Joint Standing Committees.  MCC Board members, volunteer advocates, members of the Public Policy Committee, and our Executive Director have been testifying, writing editorials and letters to editors, and collaborating with our twelve partner organizations to be sure that the voice of faith is heard in the halls of the State House.

Among the bills we are urging legislators to support are:

Criminal Justice: LD 1221 & LD 1572

Reduce Prison Sentences for Rehabilitative Activities; Fair Chance Housing

Environment: LD 797, 1282, 1284, 1433, 1443 & 1532

Climate Action; Green New Deal; Climate Change Impact on Maine’s Marine Species; Reduce Toxic Chemicals in Packaging; Safe Packaging Act; Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Carry-out Bags

Gun Violence: LD 1312

“Red Flag” Bill

Health Care: LD 798, 949 & 1261

Repeal Vaccine Exemptions; Prevent Overdose Deaths; Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals to Perform Abortions

Housing: LD 1337

Establish a Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement Program (H.O.U.S.E.)

Human Rights: LD 77, 944, & 1025

Establish A Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations; Ban Native American Mascots in All Public Schools; Prohibit Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors

Labor: LD 1410

Create Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits

Poverty: LD 1317 & 1491

Restore Services to Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Basic Needs; Establish a Maine Work Credit

Restorative Justice: LD 1010 & 1370

Develop a Model School Disciplinary Policy; Address Violent Behavior in the Classroom