Maine LD 857: An Act To Prohibit Public Endorsement of Candidates for Office by County Employees and Elected Officials

LD 857 (subjects: ELECTIONS , CAMPAIGNS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=857&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Linda Baker of Sagadahoc: (R – District 23) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

6 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/11/2015 Senate Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/11/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/14/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED.
REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/16/2015 House Report was READ and ACCEPTED.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/21/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Prohibit Public Endorsement of Candidates for Office by County Employees and Elected Officials

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

Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA 5-A is enacted to read:

5-A. Endorsement of candidates for political office

A county officer or a county official may not advocate expressly for the election or defeat of a candidate for a federal or constitutional office or of a candidate for a partisan elective municipal, county or state office, including leadership positions in the Senate and the House of Representatives, or solicit contributions reportable under Title 21-A, chapter 13. For purposes of this section, “county officer” and “county official” do not include appointed county officers or appointed county officials.

Sec. 2. 30-A MRSA 505 is enacted to read:

505. Political activity

1. Political activity. A county employee may not engage in political activity:

A. When the employee is on duty;
B. In county-owned or county-leased work space while the employee is occupied in the discharge of official duties or by using the facilities or services of the county; or
C. When wearing a uniform or official insignia identifying the office or position of the employee or while using a vehicle owned or leased by the county or its agencies.

As used in this subsection, “political activity” means to advocate expressly for the election or defeat of a candidate for a federal or constitutional office or of a candidate for partisan elective municipal, county or state office, including leadership positions in the Senate and the House of Representatives, or to solicit contributions reportable under Title 21-A, chapter 13.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits elected county officers, elected county officials and county employees from advocating expressly for the election or defeat of a candidate for a federal or constitutional office or of a candidate for partisan elective municipal, county or state office. The bill also prohibits elected county officers, elected county officials and county employees from soliciting contributions for a political campaign.

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 857 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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