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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
March 11, 2021 ME LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
March 10, 2021 ME LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - House (83 - 66)
March 12, 2020 ME LD 2077 Establishes a Legislative Review for Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth Bill Passed - House (91 - 47)
Jan. 21, 2020 ME LD 517 Authorizes Placing a Candidate's "Nickname" on a Ballot Veto Override Failed - House (83 - 57)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (86 - 59)
June 19, 2019 ME LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (86 - 59)
June 18, 2019 ME LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 14)
June 18, 2019 ME LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 14)
June 18, 2019 ME LD 1713 Requires the Return of Funds to Maine Property Taxpayers Bill Passed - House (93 - 51)
June 12, 2019 ME LD 816 Authorizes Interstate Agreement to Elect the President by Popular Vote Bill Passed - House (77 - 69)
June 10, 2019 ME LD 1463 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
June 5, 2019 ME LD 795 Amends State Constitution to Include a Right to Food Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
June 5, 2019 ME LD 1463 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (88 - 56)
June 4, 2019 ME LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (88 - 53)
June 4, 2019 ME LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (88 - 53)
June 4, 2019 ME LD 795 Amends State Constitution to Include a Right to Food Bill Passed - House (93 - 47)
June 3, 2019 ME LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 13)
June 3, 2019 ME LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 13)
May 21, 2019 ME LD 193 Authorizes the Funding and Restoration of State-Municipal Revenue Sharing "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (89 - 49)
May 14, 2019 ME LD 816 Authorizes Interstate Agreement to Elect the President by Popular Vote Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
May 9, 2019 ME LD 431 Establishes Election Day as a State Holiday "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 15)
May 2, 2019 ME LD 431 Establishes Election Day as a State Holiday "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (74 - 69)
March 7, 2019 ME LD 477 Appropriates Relief to Federal Employees Affected by Federal Shutdown Bill Passed - House (92 - 46)
July 9, 2018 ME LD 1912 Prohibit Campaign Fundraising at Voting Place Bill Passed - House (81 - 48)
June 26, 2018 ME LD 1869 Establishes Total Cost of Education and State and Local Contributions to Education Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Bill Passed - House (65 - 43)
June 20, 2018 ME LD 1584 Expands Local Food Economy by Promoting Local Foods Procurement Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
March 1, 2018 ME LD 1653 Amends Retirement Benefits for Capitol Police Officers Bill Passed - House (85 - 57)
April 11, 2017 ME LD 306 Authorizes Issuance of REAL ID Compliant Licenses "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (115 - 30)
April 6, 2017 ME LD 306 Authorizes Issuance of REAL ID Compliant Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 4)
March 30, 2017 ME LD 156 Authorizes National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Bill Failed - House (66 - 73)
April 11, 2016 ME LD 1600 Requires Legislative Approval for National Monument Designations Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
April 7, 2016 ME LD 1600 Requires Legislative Approval for National Monument Designations Bill Passed - House (77 - 73)
April 4, 2014 ME LD 1838 Establishes The Affordable Heating From Maine's Forest Fund "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (89 - 53)
April 3, 2014 ME LD 1838 Establishes The Affordable Heating From Maine's Forest Fund "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
March 18, 2014 ME LD 1487 Expands Medicaid Eligibility "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (97 - 49)
March 12, 2014 ME LD 1487 Expands Medicaid Eligibility "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 13)
Jan. 28, 2014 ME LD 1254 Requires State Institutions to Purchase Foods Produced in Maine Veto Override Failed - Senate (20 - 13)
Jan. 14, 2014 ME LD 1254 Requires State Institutions to Purchase Foods Produced in Maine Veto Override Passed - House (94 - 46)
April 30, 2013 ME SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - House (111 - 31)
April 30, 2013 ME SP 550 Alleges Support For Comprehensive Immigration Reform Joint Resolution Passed - House (88 - 55)
April 30, 2013 ME SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - House (111 - 31)
April 30, 2013 ME SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - House (111 - 31)
April 30, 2013 ME LD 134 Reduces Size of State Legislature "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (113 - 30)
April 30, 2013 ME LD 134 Reduces Size of State Legislature "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (113 - 30)
April 30, 2013 ME SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
April 30, 2013 ME SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
April 30, 2013 ME SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
April 30, 2013 ME SP 550 Alleges Support For Comprehensive Immigration Reform Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
June 10, 2011 ME LD 1376 Repeal Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 14)
June 9, 2011 ME LD 1376 Repeals Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (72 - 65)
May 31, 2011 ME LD 804 Proposal to Create a Unicameral State Legislature "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (78 - 66)
April 12, 2010 ME LD 1826 Bond Authorization Concurrence Vote Passed - House (102 - 44)
April 12, 2010 ME LD 1826 Bond Authorization Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
April 7, 2010 ME LD 1826 Bond Authorization Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 16)
April 7, 2010 ME LD 1826 Bond Authorization Bill Passed - House (100 - 48)
April 6, 2010 ME LD 1830 Suspending Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
April 6, 2010 ME LD 1830 Suspending Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (91 - 53)
March 26, 2010 ME LD 1552 Repealing Maine Tree Growth Program Eligibility for Use of "Bonded Laborers" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 68)
March 26, 2010 ME LD 1552 Repealing Maine Tree Growth Program Eligibility for Use of "Bonded Laborers" Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 13)
Feb. 2, 2010 ME LD 56 National Popular Vote Act Bill Failed - House (50 - 95)
June 12, 2009 ME LD 977 Repealing School District Consolidation "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (74 - 69)
June 12, 2009 ME LD 977 Repealing School District Consolidation "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (74 - 69)
June 5, 2009 ME LD 1088 Income and Sales Tax Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
June 5, 2009 ME LD 1088 Income and Sales Tax Reform Bill Bill Passed - House (84 - 54)
June 4, 2009 ME LD 977 Repealing School District Consolidation "Ought Not to Pass" Report Rejected - Senate (16 - 19)
June 4, 2009 ME LD 977 Repealing School District Consolidation "Ought Not to Pass" Report Rejected - Senate (16 - 19)
May 27, 2009 ME LD 353 2009-2011 Biennial Budget Bill Passed - House (119 - 26)
April 15, 2008 ME LD 2247 Alcohol and Soda Tax for Health Care Funding Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 64)
April 15, 2008 ME LD 2247 Alcohol and Soda Tax for Health Care Funding Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
April 14, 2008 ME LD 2304 Driver's License Residency Requirement Bill Passed - House (108 - 29)
April 7, 2008 ME LD 1932 School Consolidation Veto Override Failed - Senate (12 - 23)
April 7, 2008 ME LD 1932 School Consolidation Conference Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
April 4, 2008 ME LD 1932 School Consolidation Conference Report Adopted - House (83 - 47)
April 2, 2008 ME LD 1932 School Consolidation Conference Report Rejected - House (97 - 46)
March 31, 2008 ME LD 2289 2008-2009 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (84 - 55)
March 31, 2008 ME LD 2289 2008-2009 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
March 20, 2008 ME LD 1932 School Consolidation Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 8)
June 21, 2007 ME LD 1925 Tax Cuts Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (7 - 28)
June 13, 2007 ME LD 1925 Tax Cuts Bill Passed - House (87 - 49)
June 6, 2007 ME LD 203 Student Voter Registration Bill "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (90 - 49)
June 6, 2007 ME HCA T Education Reform and School Consolidation Amendment Adopted - House (114 - 27)
May 22, 2006 ME LD 1481 Procedures for Citizen Proposed Initiatives Bill Passed - House (75 - 66)
May 22, 2006 ME LD 1481 Procedures for Citizen Proposed Initiatives Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
April 28, 2006 ME LD 1974 Supplemental Transportation Budget Bill Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
April 28, 2006 ME HCA C to LD 1717 Sentencing Requirements for Certain Sex Offenses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
April 28, 2006 ME LD 2056 Business Equipment Property Tax Exemption Bill Passed - House (123 - 18)
April 27, 2006 ME LD 1938 Notification Requirements for Certain Firearm Purchases Concurrence Vote Failed - House (68 - 77)
April 27, 2006 ME LD 1974 2006-2007 Supplemental Education Budget Bill Passed - House (82 - 63)
March 28, 2006 ME LD 1912 Maine House of Representative’s Age Requirement Resolution Failed - House (77 - 65)
March 28, 2006 ME LD 1912 Maine House of Representative’s Age Requirement Resolution Failed - House (77 - 65)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/11 LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
3/10 LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - House (83 - 66)
3/12 LD 2077 Establishes a Legislative Review for Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth Bill Passed - House (91 - 47)
1/21 LD 517 Authorizes Placing a Candidate's "Nickname" on a Ballot Veto Override Failed - House (83 - 57)
6/19 LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (86 - 59)
6/19 LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (86 - 59)
6/18 LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 14)
6/18 LD 1083 Increases the Use of Ranked Choice Voting "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (20 - 14)
6/18 LD 1713 Requires the Return of Funds to Maine Property Taxpayers Bill Passed - House (93 - 51)
6/12 LD 816 Authorizes Interstate Agreement to Elect the President by Popular Vote Bill Passed - House (77 - 69)
6/10 LD 1463 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 14)
6/05 LD 795 Amends State Constitution to Include a Right to Food Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
6/05 LD 1463 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (88 - 56)
6/04 LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (88 - 53)
6/04 LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (88 - 53)
6/04 LD 795 Amends State Constitution to Include a Right to Food Bill Passed - House (93 - 47)
6/03 LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 13)
6/03 LD 1626 Establishes a Presidential Primary System in Maine "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 13)
5/21 LD 193 Authorizes the Funding and Restoration of State-Municipal Revenue Sharing "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (89 - 49)
5/14 LD 816 Authorizes Interstate Agreement to Elect the President by Popular Vote Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 16)
5/09 LD 431 Establishes Election Day as a State Holiday "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (19 - 15)
5/02 LD 431 Establishes Election Day as a State Holiday "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (74 - 69)
3/07 LD 477 Appropriates Relief to Federal Employees Affected by Federal Shutdown Bill Passed - House (92 - 46)
7/09 LD 1912 Prohibit Campaign Fundraising at Voting Place Bill Passed - House (81 - 48)
6/26 LD 1869 Establishes Total Cost of Education and State and Local Contributions to Education Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Bill Passed - House (65 - 43)
6/20 LD 1584 Expands Local Food Economy by Promoting Local Foods Procurement Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (22 - 11)
3/01 LD 1653 Amends Retirement Benefits for Capitol Police Officers Bill Passed - House (85 - 57)
4/11 LD 306 Authorizes Issuance of REAL ID Compliant Licenses "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (115 - 30)
4/06 LD 306 Authorizes Issuance of REAL ID Compliant Licenses Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 4)
3/30 LD 156 Authorizes National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Bill Failed - House (66 - 73)
4/11 LD 1600 Requires Legislative Approval for National Monument Designations Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
4/07 LD 1600 Requires Legislative Approval for National Monument Designations Bill Passed - House (77 - 73)
4/04 LD 1838 Establishes The Affordable Heating From Maine's Forest Fund "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (89 - 53)
4/03 LD 1838 Establishes The Affordable Heating From Maine's Forest Fund "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
3/18 LD 1487 Expands Medicaid Eligibility "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (97 - 49)
3/12 LD 1487 Expands Medicaid Eligibility "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - Senate (22 - 13)
1/28 LD 1254 Requires State Institutions to Purchase Foods Produced in Maine Veto Override Failed - Senate (20 - 13)
1/14 LD 1254 Requires State Institutions to Purchase Foods Produced in Maine Veto Override Passed - House (94 - 46)
4/30 SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - House (111 - 31)
4/30 SP 550 Alleges Support For Comprehensive Immigration Reform Joint Resolution Passed - House (88 - 55)
4/30 SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - House (111 - 31)
4/30 SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - House (111 - 31)
4/30 LD 134 Reduces Size of State Legislature "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (113 - 30)
4/30 LD 134 Reduces Size of State Legislature "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (113 - 30)
4/30 SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
4/30 SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
4/30 SP 548 Urges Congress to Adopt a Constitutional Amendment Regarding Campaign Finance Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (25 - 9)
4/30 SP 550 Alleges Support For Comprehensive Immigration Reform Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (22 - 12)
6/10 LD 1376 Repeal Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 14)
6/09 LD 1376 Repeals Same-Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (72 - 65)
5/31 LD 804 Proposal to Create a Unicameral State Legislature "Ought to Pass as Amended" Report Adopted - House (78 - 66)
4/12 LD 1826 Bond Authorization Concurrence Vote Passed - House (102 - 44)
4/12 LD 1826 Bond Authorization Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
4/07 LD 1826 Bond Authorization Bill Failed - Senate (19 - 16)
4/07 LD 1826 Bond Authorization Bill Passed - House (100 - 48)
4/06 LD 1830 Suspending Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 14)
4/06 LD 1830 Suspending Tax Law Amendments Bill Passed - House (91 - 53)
3/26 LD 1552 Repealing Maine Tree Growth Program Eligibility for Use of "Bonded Laborers" Concurrence Vote Passed - House (70 - 68)
3/26 LD 1552 Repealing Maine Tree Growth Program Eligibility for Use of "Bonded Laborers" Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 13)
2/02 LD 56 National Popular Vote Act Bill Failed - House (50 - 95)
6/12 LD 977 Repealing School District Consolidation "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (74 - 69)
6/12 LD 977 Repealing School District Consolidation "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (74 - 69)
6/05 LD 1088 Income and Sales Tax Reform Bill Bill Passed - Senate (19 - 15)
6/05 LD 1088 Income and Sales Tax Reform Bill Bill Passed - House (84 - 54)
6/04 LD 977 Repealing School District Consolidation "Ought Not to Pass" Report Rejected - Senate (16 - 19)
6/04 LD 977 Repealing School District Consolidation "Ought Not to Pass" Report Rejected - Senate (16 - 19)
5/27 LD 353 2009-2011 Biennial Budget Bill Passed - House (119 - 26)
4/15 LD 2247 Alcohol and Soda Tax for Health Care Funding Concurrence Vote Passed - House (75 - 64)
4/15 LD 2247 Alcohol and Soda Tax for Health Care Funding Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
4/14 LD 2304 Driver's License Residency Requirement Bill Passed - House (108 - 29)
4/07 LD 1932 School Consolidation Veto Override Failed - Senate (12 - 23)
4/07 LD 1932 School Consolidation Conference Report Adopted - Senate (21 - 14)
4/04 LD 1932 School Consolidation Conference Report Adopted - House (83 - 47)
4/02 LD 1932 School Consolidation Conference Report Rejected - House (97 - 46)
3/31 LD 2289 2008-2009 Budget Concurrence Vote Passed - House (84 - 55)
3/31 LD 2289 2008-2009 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
3/20 LD 1932 School Consolidation Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 8)
6/21 LD 1925 Tax Cuts Concurrence Vote Failed - Senate (7 - 28)
6/13 LD 1925 Tax Cuts Bill Passed - House (87 - 49)
6/06 LD 203 Student Voter Registration Bill "Ought Not to Pass" Report Adopted - House (90 - 49)
6/06 HCA T Education Reform and School Consolidation Amendment Adopted - House (114 - 27)
5/22 LD 1481 Procedures for Citizen Proposed Initiatives Bill Passed - House (75 - 66)
5/22 LD 1481 Procedures for Citizen Proposed Initiatives Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 12)
4/28 LD 1974 Supplemental Transportation Budget Bill Nonconcurrence Vote Passed - Senate (18 - 17)
4/28 HCA C to LD 1717 Sentencing Requirements for Certain Sex Offenses Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
4/28 LD 2056 Business Equipment Property Tax Exemption Bill Passed - House (123 - 18)
4/27 LD 1938 Notification Requirements for Certain Firearm Purchases Concurrence Vote Failed - House (68 - 77)
4/27 LD 1974 2006-2007 Supplemental Education Budget Bill Passed - House (82 - 63)
3/28 LD 1912 Maine House of Representative’s Age Requirement Resolution Failed - House (77 - 65)
3/28 LD 1912 Maine House of Representative’s Age Requirement Resolution Failed - House (77 - 65)

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