Maine D Leadership --- Dropping the Ball on Legislative Committee Work

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Maine D Leadership --- Dropping the Ball on Legislative Committee Work

May 2, 2013
Dysfunction: Dem Majority Suspends Public Notice, Only Half Done 2 Weeks From Deadline

Democratic leadership in the Maine Legislature has taken the surprise move of suspending public notification on public hearings and put a rush on bills after revealing that just two weeks away from the May 17 deadline, the Democratic majority committees had only completed 50% of their workload, which they have had since January to work on.

Following is a shocking memo that shows just how far behind, and....dysfunctional, Democratic leadership in the 126th Maine Legislature actually is.

"Hey, We Were Too Busy Trying to Fleece the Remaining Taxable Mainers!"

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Maybe the Democratic majority needs to forget their efforts to limit firearms, impose new taxes and negate personal liberties, [size=14]in favor of actually DOING THEIR ELECTED JOBS.[/size]

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Jason Savage: "Even though

Jason Savage:

"Even though they have had since January to get to work, today Democratic leadership in the Maine Legislature revealed that committees have only completed half their workload with just 2 weeks to go until the deadline."

Naran
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For Immediate Release Date:

For Immediate Release

Date: 05/02/13

Dem Leadership Suspends Public Hearing Notification Requirement
Reduced public input symptomatic of committee dysfunction, does not bode well for progress

AUGUSTA - House Speaker Mark Eves and Senate President Justin Alfond announced today that a backlog of almost 1,000 bills still in committees has led them to suspend the requirement that all public hearings be advertised.

Additionally, leadership put a rush order on all bills, requiring that those currently before committees must receive a public hearing within the next six business days, by Friday, May 10. (See previously forwarded email.)

"This is symptomatic of some of the problems we've been seeing in committees," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport.

Fredette was referring to recent incidents where Democratic committee chairs procedurally censored Republican Right-to-Work legislation, made a mockery of a public hearing by wearing clown noses, and brought bipartisan condemnation for heavy-handed conduct in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

"Add to that Democrats continuing to use the one big thing we all agree on, the hospital bill, as a bargaining chip and a lack of credible solutions coming from them on balancing the budget, and we're bound to have a very rushed final two months of session," Fredette continued.

Assistant House Republican Leader Alexander Willette of Mapleton added that this all does not bode well for the creation of sound public policy. "Anytime you stop advertising public hearings, you're hindering the public's ability to weigh in on important issues and, as a result, hindering our ability to craft good public policy," he said.

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Contact:
David Sorensen
Maine House Republicans
Tel: (207) 205-7793

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Reprinted with

Reprinted with permission.


Senate President Justin L. Alfond

Maine Democrats Suspend Transparency Rules

AUGUSTA – State Democratic leaders have suspended a rule providing for transparency in the proceedings of the Legislature.

Senate President Justin L. Alfond (D-Cumberland) and Speaker of the House Mark W. Eves (D-North Berwick) informed lawmakers in an email Wednesday that they are suspending the public notice requirement for advertising public hearings.

“Effective today, the notice requirement for advertising public hearings for bills that are referred to committee after May 3rd is waived entirely,” the Democratic leaders wrote in an email to state lawmakers.

Suspending the public notice requirement will make it difficult for Maine citizens to monitor the progress of bills in Augusta and attend public hearings to voice their concerns.

However, President Alfond and Speaker Eves believe doing so is necessary in order to allow the Legislature to cope with the enormous number of bills that have yet to be considered. ....

The Maine Wire

J. McKane
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Changed to say it looks like

Changed to say it looks like Rs did the same thing. Checking further...

Naran
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Thank you for that

Thank you for that clarification, Rep. McKane. My first thought (besides 'WTH have these people been doing?') was to ask if this was unprecedented. It certainly appears so, given everyone's comments on Twitter and FB.

J. McKane
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It's all a matter of

It's all a matter of priorities

Selling the Governor’s House
Stealing the Governor’s Pension
Attacking Bruce Poliquin and Charlie Summers
Attacking Charter Schools
St. Patrick’s Day Drinking at 6AM
Controlling Teenage Girls
Closing Fireworks Shops
Raising Taxes, Tolls, and Fees
Anti-Business Wage Controls

A Speaker and a President only have so much time in the day.

cupfactor
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"This is a first, as far as I

"This is a first, as far as I know. There simply is no excuse for it and it illustrates a profound lack of organizational and leadership skills at all levels."

Justin Alfond at the helm. Lack of leadership skills? Shocking!

Rebecca
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One thing about the Hon John

One thing about the Hon John Martin was that he knew the way to get things done. You may not have agreed with him but he knew municipal law and he ruled with an iron fist. He served with honor for many years and while I do not generally approve of Democrats in general, he is the exception to the rule. There would be no crapping on the Constitution and there would be no dawdling over insignificant detritus as this legislature has done. The Governor would do well to veto everything which has not met with the law as far as public notification is concerned. The law is the law. No amount of silliness changes that. It is to bad that these cretins which can not have honor enough to wash Mr. Martins feet continue to demean the Maine Legislature in such an arrogant way.

Melvin Udall
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This is, frankly,

This is, frankly, disgusting.

I can't wait to hear what a wonderful idea it is in Ramoaner duh-Hooey's Democrat Newspaper.

J. McKane
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Crickets from the PPH and BDN

Crickets from the PPH and BDN so far.

Naran
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Of course -- they pretended

Of course -- they pretended the "Senate Belles as Bozos" event never happened, too.

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Jason Savage wrote:

Upset about the Maine Legislature suspending their transparency rules?

Here are the two responsible, if you would like to give them a call:

Speaker of the House Mark Eves (207) 287-1300

Senate President Justin Alfond (207) 287-1500

Andrew Ian Dodge
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This might be an unfortunate

This might be an unfortunate reminder....

GOP leadership did the same thing in April 2011 – here is the letter: http://www.scribd.com/doc/139330466/125th-GOP-letter

J. McKane
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Looks like we did. *wiping

Looks like we did. *wiping off egg*

Rebecca
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For those who pay attention

For those who pay attention to such things: LD 1429 "An Act To Allow School Administrative Units To Establish Rules, Procedures and Guidelines for Properly Trained Staff To Carry a Concealed Handgun on School Property" will have a public hearing on May,10 213 at 10 am in room 436. The Justice and Public Safety committee has allowed a grand total of ONE hour for such discussion as is presented. This bill only allows employees of a school district to become trained to carry with certain conditions. The bill is available online for reading. Whether or not one agrees or disagrees, one hour is totally insufficient for all those who would speak for or against. I would suppose that the committee doesn't want to hear from the public as it might interfere with preconceived opinions. The same could be said of many other bills being presented in this legislature.

J. McKane
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I would suppose that the

I would suppose that the committee doesn't want to hear from the public as it might interfere with preconceived opinions.

It does seem like that.

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just to clarify: what this

just to clarify:
what this does is waive the two-week notice requirement for public hearings, due to the time constraints of the legislative session.
The public hearings will still take place.

Dale Tudor
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The public hearings still

The public hearings still take place, but the public is not notified they are happening. Perfect for the low information voters. Frustrating for everyone else. And should be a "no-no," legally.

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