March 15, 2010

State House Notes: All things French – and Irish, too – going on display

Franco Day happens to fall on St. Patrick's Day, and will be reflected in State House festivities.

By Susan M. Cover
State House Bureau

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The moderator will be Nathan Grant, a 2008 graduate of UMA who is studying to get a master's degree in public policy.

The panels will be held in Jewett Auditorium and are open to the public.


A bill that would require businesses that get paid to circulate petitions in Maine to register with the state is heading to the Senate for consideration.

After a lot of work, the Legislature's Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee voted 8-5 in support of an amended version of Sen. John Nutting's bill, L.D. 1730.

Nutting said there's been an increase in fraud, including an incident last year when an official in Greene found the name of a man who had died in 2004 on a petition. The requirement to register would not apply to volunteers who work on petition drives.

"The purpose of this legislation is to restore integrity to the petition process by creating penalties against companies who are abusing the citizens initiative process – not discourage everyday Mainers from getting involved in the process," Nutting said.


The House and Senate are scheduled to meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Because Wednesday is Franco-American Day, the House will come in at 9 a.m., which is an hour earlier than normal.

The following week, sessions are scheduled for every day as the work of the Legislature switches out of committee and into the chambers for debate.


On Tuesday, the Health and Human Services Committee will hold a work session on the medical marijuana bill at 1 p.m. in Room 209 of the Cross State Office Building.

On Wednesday, the Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a work session on the Oxford County casino bill at 1 p.m. in Room 437 of the State House.

On Thursday, the Labor Committee will hold a work session on the mandatory paid sick day bill in Room 220 of the Cross State Office Building.


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