The LPC Chair reviews all pending legislation on Friday of each week to see which bills affect Clerks and then sends those bills on to committee members for review. The committee meets each week by conference call on Tuesday to review all new legislation and to develop a position on each bill for MTCCA. Depending on the importance of the bill, the committee may send a survey to all Clerks via the Clerks email network for their individual views on each bill we are reviewing. Depending on the public hearing schedule for the bills, Clerks will have from 2 to 7 days to respond to the survey. We also contact legislators, MMA staff, State Agency Staff and others to answer questions for us and to help us fully understand the impact of each bill. The committee meets again the following Tuesday to examine the results of the survey and to develop testimony for the public hearing. Presenting testimony at a public hearing is a very rewarding experience. I encourage all Clerks to get involved in the process.
The 2015 legislative session has been very busy for us so far, with no end in sight. We are currently tracking a total of 27 bills for our Association members, with 4 more to review this coming Tuesday for a total of 31 so far. Please take the time to review the spreadsheet of the bills we are currently tracking so you know first-hand which law changes you may need to implement in your offices if the bills pass.
To read the text of the bills that we are tracking, use the following website link: http://www.mainelegislature.org/LawMakerWeb/search.asp
Once the website comes up on your screen, type in the LD# you want to look at and press enter. Click on “Bill Text and Other Docs” to the left of the screen. Once you reach the new page, click on “Printed Document PDF” and the document will appear on the screen.
The LPC worked on proposed legislation this past summer and into the fall that would benefit Maine Clerks. One of our proposed bills was killed in committee, and the other one was passed unanimously. We are still waiting for votes on the other two.
I would like to thank the members of the committee for all of their efforts this session. We have a fabulous team of dedicated Clerks that work tirelessly for the benefit of all Maine Clerks.
The LPC consists of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chair, the 2nd Vice-President of MTCCA, and a representative for each of the following areas of the State:
- The Chairperson is Tracey Stevens of Freeport.
- The 2nd Vice-President of MTCCA, Twila Lycette of Lisbon, also serves on the Committee as an Advisory Member.
- The South Central region consists of Kennebec and Androscoggin counties and is represented by Kathy Montejo of Lewiston, who is also the Vice-Chair of the Committee.
- The South region consists of York and Cumberland counties and is represented by Katherine Jones of Portland.
- The North Central region consists of Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties and is represented by Dawn Adams of Milford.
- The North region consists of Aroostook County and is represented by Susan Skidgell of Mapleton/Castle Hill/Chapman.
- The Western region consists of Oxford, Franklin and Somerset counties and is represented by Ethna Thompson of Rangeley.
- The Downeast region consists of Washington and Hancock counties and is represented by Deanne Greenlaw of Alexander.
- The Midcoast region consists of Waldo, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Knox counties and is represented by Joan Linscott of Thomaston.
If you have a question or concern on any of the bills that the committee is reviewing this session, please contact the representative from your County and they will bring your concerns to our committee meeting for discussion. As always, your input is very much appreciated.
Tracey L. Stevens, Freeport Town Clerk
Legislative Policy Committee Chair