Portland Press Herald – VoteTRAC

Maine Legislature votes on Medicaid expansion: VoteTrac

March 18

In Maine House, Medicaid expansion passes easily, but still falls short

Maine lawmakers endorse Medicaid expansion, but LePage veto looms

Medicaid expansion vote has real-life impact for low-income Mainers


Final House vote on the early-voting constitutional amendment: VoteTrac

March 5

Early-voting measure falls short in Maine House


Maine House vote results for state-run online school: VoteTrac

February 25

L.D. 1736, sponsored by Sen. Brian Langley, R-Ellsworth, directs the Department of Education to form a committee to determine the costs and structure of a state-run academy that would afford students and school districts the benefits of online course learning. It also imposes a one-year moratorium on the licensing of virtual charter schools run by private companies.

Proposal for state-run virtual school wins preliminary approval


Maine Legislature vote results for 'religious freedom' bill: VoteTrac

February 20

LD 1428, sponsored by Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, had the backing of faith organizations as a means to prohibit the government from infringing on the right to worship. Opponents have claimed that the bill could allow some to circumvent other laws or discriminate under the guise of religious freedom.

Maine House follows Senate in rejecting ‘religious freedom’ bill

Maine Senate rejects ‘religious freedom’ bill


Maine Legislature votes on revenue sharing: VoteTrac

February 13

Maine Legislature enacts bill to forestall funding cuts to Maine cities, towns

Maine lawmakers advance hotly debated bill to avoid municipal aid cuts


Maine Senate roll call vote results for early voting: VoteTrac

February 11

Maine Senate backs early voting, but likely not enough to send measure to voters


Maine Legislature vote results for summer food program: VoteTrac

February 13

The bill requires schools that hold activities in the summer and where more than half the students qualify for free or reduced lunch to offer the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Services Program, which reimburses school districts for the entire cost of the food.

Maine Legislature votes on revenue sharing: VoteTrac

Maine House overrides veto of expanded summer food program

Senate overrides LePage veto to expand summer food program for schoolchildren


House vote results on the proposal to restore municipal revenue-sharing: VoteTrac

February 6

L.D. 1762 would take $40 million from two state accounts, including the rainy day fund, to balance the state budget and forestall a proposal to take the $40 million from state aid to cities and towns. Additional votes will be required by both chamber of the Legislature before the bill passes.

Maine House votes to avoid cut in state aid to localities


Details of the roll call vote on authorizing 'dental therapists': VoteTrac

January 31

L.D. 1230, sponsored by House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, would create a new dental health position in the state, a “mid-level dental therapist.” Proponents say the bill is an attempt to increase access to dental care, especially in rural areas. Additional votes are required before the bill goes to Gov. Paul LePage.

Senate backs new job to help fill gaps in Maine dental care


House vote results on Maine's early-voting constitutional amendment: VoteTrac

January 31

This bill, sponsored by Rep. Michael Shaw, D-Standish, would change the Maine Constitution by directing the Legislature to create a system for allowing in-person voting before Election Day. As a constitutional amendment, it requires a two-thirds vote by both houses of the Legislature and a majority vote by Maine residents in a referendum in November.

Maine House OKs early-voting measure


VoteTRAC: See how your lawmaker voted on the state budget

July 2, 2013

The bill was passed by the House (102-43) and the Senate (25-10) on June 13. Gov. Paul LePage vetoed L.D. 1509 on June 24. The House and Senate voted to override the governor's veto on June 26.

Maine legislators opt for compromise instead of a shutdown

Maine budget drama done, it's time for details


VoteTRAC: Override to require police warrants for cellphone info

July 10, 2013

The Maine and Senate overrode Gov. LePage's veto, and now Maine police will be required to get a warrant to obtain location information from citizens' cell phones.

Override bids leave most LePage vetoes standing


VoteTRAC: An Act to Amend Mining Laws to Protect Water Quality

July 2, 2013

This bill would amend laws - passed last year to allow open pit mining - by adding environmental and financial safeguards.

Attempt to strengthen Maine mining laws likely fails


VoteTRAC: Energy omnibus bill veto override

July 2, 2013

L.D. 1559 is the so-called energy omnibus bill. The proposal is designed to aid in lowering energy costs for Mainers in a number of ways, including expanding natural gas pipelines, increasing energy-efficiency program funding and helping residents convert to affordable heating systems.

LePage vetoes sweeping Maine energy bill, but House overrides him


VoteTRAC: Private gun sales background checks

July 2, 2013

L.D. 1240 aims to increase background checks before private gun sales, largely by making it a civil violation to sell a gun to a person who is prohibited from owning one, such as a convicted felon. But a seller would be given a partial or complete defense to prosecution if they had a background check done on the buyer.

Maine Legislature passes well-diluted gun-control bill


VoteTRAC: Lobster bycatch sales

June 19, 2013

L.D. 1549 is a bill sponsored by Sen. Anne Haskell, D-Portland, that would allow Maine-based groundfishing boats to catch lobsters in federally regulated waters and sell them in states that allow lobster bycatch without the threat of a fine.


VoteTRAC: GMO food labels

June 19, 2013

L.D. 718 is a bill sponsored by Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, that would require food producers to label products that contain genetically-modified ingredients.

LePage may OK bill requiring labels for genetically modified foods

LePage: I'll sign bill requiring labels for genetically modified foods


VoteTRAC: How lawmakers voted on budget before LePage's veto

July 2, 2013

The Maine House of Representatives on June 13 voted on whether to approve the proposed bipartisan state budget.

Legislators gathering for vote on LePage budget veto


VoteTRAC: Internet sales tax

June 19, 2013

L.D. 346 moves the state closer to assessing sales tax on goods purchased on the Internet, closing a loophole in state law that allows those taxes to be assessed only on businesses with “a substantial physical presence” in Maine.

Online sales tax poised for Senate passage

Maine, others may soon get to tax Web sales


VoteTRAC: Medicaid expansion

June 19, 2013

L.D. 1066 would make about 60,000 Mainers eligible for MaineCare, the state’s version of the federal Medicaid health insurance program for low-income people.


VoteTRAC: Early/absentee voting

July 2, 2013

L.D. 156, sponsored by Rep. Michael Shaw, D-Standish, would change the Maine Constitution to give cities and towns the option to allow in-person voting before Election Day. Voters would have to approve the change at a statewide referendum.


VoteTRAC: Firearm sales at gun shows

July 2, 2013

This bill would require background checks for all firearms sales at gun shows, closing the so-called "gun-show loophole" that allows non-licensed sellers to sell guns without background checks at gun shows. The bill may only affect a small amount of sellers, as licensed dealers in Maine are already required to run background checks on buyers at gun shows.


VoteTRAC: Campus smoking veto

May 28, 2013

This bill, sponsored by Rep. Benjamin Chipman, a Portland independent, would have prohibited smoking on all public university and community college campuses by August 2014. It originally passed without opposition, but after a veto from Gov. Paul LePage, 52 of 55 House Republicans voted to uphold the veto.

LePage smoking veto upheld, as trend emerges


VoteTRAC: Early voting constitutional amendment

July 2, 2013

L.D. 156, sponsored by Rep. Michael Shaw, D-Standish, would change the Maine Constitution to give cities and towns the option to allow in-person voting before Election Day. Voters would have to approve the change at a statewide referendum.

Early in-person voting bill gets Maine Senate approval


VoteTRAC: See how lawmakers voted on concealed carry permit information

July 2, 2013

This bill designates as confidential any personal or identifying information about concealed weapons permit holders. It also prohibits someone who has received such information from sharing it with any unauthorized person.

Sportsmen’s leaders, old and new, embody Maine group’s growing rift


VoteTRAC: Superintendent residency votes, after LePage's veto

May 21, 2013

The Maine House of Representatives voted Tuesday to uphold Gov. LePage's veto of LD 6. While a majority voted to override, the vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overrule the governor. Find out how your lawmakers voted in this interactive graphic.

LePage's superintendent residency veto stands

For Biddeford superintendent, it's new home or new job


VoteTRAC: Superintendent residency votes, before LePage's veto

May 22, 2013

When it was initially approved in April, LD 6, the bill to waive residency requirements for school superintendents, received more than enough votes to override the Governor's veto. But in a post-veto vote in May, the bill fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overrule the governor. Find out how your lawmakers initially voted, before the veto, in this interactive graphic.

LePage's superintendent residency veto stands

For Biddeford superintendent, it's new home or new job


VoteTRAC: MaineCare expansion and wholesale liquor contract

June 19, 2013

L.D. 1546 would make expand eligibility for MaineCare, the state's version of Medicaid, the federally funded health insurance program for low-income people. Also, the bill authorizes the state to develop a new wholesale liquor contract and allocates about $189 million from the proceeds to pay a debt to Maine hospitals.

Maine Senate backs bill to expand Medicaid, pay hospital debt