It is no surprise that Maine Attorney General Janet Mills had to write an op-ed (April 1) calling attention to her opposition to L.D. 121, a bill that would suppress voting by requiring a photo ID. I also testified in opposition to the bill at the four-hour-plus hearing held by the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee.

L.D. 121 was co-sponsored by the chair of this committee, Sen. Garrett Mason of Lisbon. He made close to zero eye contact while we testified. Nor did he even pretend to listen during the public hearing. After observing Mason’s appalling behavior, I began taking photos.

After over four hours of testimony against the measure – explaining the many reasons why this unfunded state mandate was unnecessary – the committee voted along party lines and wound up deadlocked on the proposal. What a waste of everyone’s time!

Sue Hawes

Portland