Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine (June 19, 2017) – Last week, Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill into law prohibiting any type of state firearms registry. The law will not only protect the privacy of Maine gun owners, it will also hinder the federal government’s ability to develop a firearms database and create a climate less favorable to federal…

AUGUSTA, Maine (June 9, 2017) – Last week, the Maine House killed a bill that would have effectively prohibited so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help enforce some federal immigration laws in the state. Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Brewer) introduced House Bill 366 (LD366) in February, along with a bipartisan coalition of seven cosponsors. The legislation would…

AUGUSTA, Maine (May 31, 2017) – Today, the Maine House passed a bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom in the state. Sen. Rod Whittemore (R-Somerset) introduced Senate Bill 1385 (LD1385)  on April 11. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing doctors and…

AUGUSTA, Maine (May 17, 2017) – The Maine legislature came together in a rare display of bipartisanship to kill a bill that would have reformed the state’s asset forfeiture laws. The legislation also took on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations.…

AUGUSTA, Maine (May 11, 2017) – On Tuesday, an important Maine committee passed a bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom in the state. Sen. Rod Whittemore (R-Somerset) introduced Senate Bill 1385 (LD1385)  on April 11. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing…

AUGUSTA, Maine. (May 10, 2017) – A Maine bill up for a hearing today would withdraw the state from Common Core. Rep. William Tuell (R-East Machias) introduced House Bill 1578 (LD1578) with five co-sponsors. The bill would void Common Core standards and would be replaced with the educational standards that were in place in Massachusetts before…

AUGUSTA, Maine (March 15, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Maine legislature would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most…

AUGUSTA, Maine (March 8, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Maine legislature would eliminate the sales tax on precious metals purchases, removing a powerful disincentive for individuals to protect themselves against the disastrous effects of the Federal Reserve. Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin), with a bipartisan coalition of four cosponsors, introduced Senate Bill 664 (LD664)…

AUGUSTA, Maine (Jan. 17, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Maine House would authorize the legislature to review and reject state regulations adopted to facilitate federal acts. A coalition of three Democrat representatives introduced House Bill 23 (LD23) on Jan. 10. The legislation would repeal the provision of Maine law that exempts major substantive rules that…