Maine LD 412: An Act Regarding Telephonic Political Communications and Push Polling

LD 412 (subjects: ELECTIONS , CAMPAIGNS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=412&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Janice Cooper of Yarmouth: (D – District 47) — e-mail | Facebook

2 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/12/2015 House Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/12/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, in concurrence.
4/7/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/9/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-32).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/14/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (H-32) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/16/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-32), in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
4/23/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 Senate FAILED ENACTMENT , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 34 15 Yeas – 20 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/29/2015 House The House INSISTED on PASSAGE TO BE ENACTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 45
(Yeas 98 – Nays 44 – Absent 9 – Excused 0)
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/30/2015 Senate On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec The Senate INSISTED To FAILING ENACTMENT , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 44 20 Yeas – 15 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 412 as originally introduced. L.D. 412 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-32) .

An Act Regarding Telephonic Political Communications and Push Polling

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA 1014, sub- 5, as amended by PL 2007, c. 443, Pt. A, 9, is further amended to read:

5. Telephone calls. Prerecorded automated telephone calls and scripted live telephone communications , including telephone calls made for the purposes of researching the views of voters, that name a clearly identified candidate during the 21 days before a primary election or the 35 days before a general election must clearly state at the start of the call the name of the person who or organization that made or financed the expenditure for the communication, except for prerecorded automated telephone calls paid for by the candidate that use the candidate’s voice in the telephone call and that are made in support of that candidate. Telephone calls made for the purposes of researching the views of voters are not required to include the disclosure. If the respondent to a scripted live telephone communication requests additional information on the person or organization that made or financed the expenditure for the communication, the caller must describe to the respondent where such information, including information relating to the source or sources of funding for the person or organization, is available for inspection.

Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA 1014-B, sub- 2, A, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 416, 1, is amended to read:

A. A person may not authorize, commission, conduct or administer a push poll by telephone or telephonic device unless, during at the start of each call, the caller identifies the person or organization sponsoring or authorizing the call by stating “This is a paid political advertisement by (name of persons or organizations),” and identifies the organization making the call, if different from the sponsor, by stating “This call is conducted by (name of organization).” If the respondent requests additional information on the person or organization sponsoring or authorizing the call, the caller must describe to the respondent where additional information on the person or organization, including information relating to the source or sources of funding for the person or organization, is available for inspection.

summary

This bill amends the political communications laws to require that all prerecorded automated telephone calls and scripted live telephone communications, including those made for the purposes of researching the views of voters, that name a clearly identified candidate during the 21 days before a primary election or the 35 days before a general election clearly state at the start of the call the name of the person or organization that made or financed the expenditure for the communication. The bill requires that, for scripted live telephone communications, if the respondent requests additional information on the person or organization that made or financed the expenditure for the communication, the caller must describe where such information, including information relating to the source or sources of funding for the person or organization, is available for inspection. The bill also amends the push polling laws to require that a caller disclose at the start of a call the person or organization sponsoring or authorizing the call and the organization making the call if different from the sponsor. Current law requires only that these disclosures be made at some point during the call. This bill also requires that, if a respondent requests additional information on the person or organization sponsoring or authorizing the call, the caller must describe to the respondent where such information, including information relating to the source or sources of funding for the person or organization, is available for inspection.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 412 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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