For the Record

A look at how incumbents voted
By Jordan Bailey | Oct 28, 2016

This chart represents of the voting records of incumbents running for re-election. It was developed from roll-call vote records available at legislature.maine.gov. When the motion was "Ought Not To Pass," the yea's and nay's were reversed in order to more simply represent support for or opposition to the bill. Below are descriptions of the bills, motions and amendments that were voted on with the roll-call vote depicted in the chart.

The legislators we focused on voted mainly along party lines, with a few exceptions for bills that had strong bipartisan support or opposition. James Gillway, R-Searsport, and Karl Ward, R-Dedham, were among 19 Republicans who voted for a bill that would have allowed the state to recover tax credits associated with "sham transactions" in the New Markets Capital Investment Program. Gillway was among 14 Republicans who voted for expanding childcare programs, and Maryanne Kinney, R-Knox, was among 19 Republicans who supported a ban on shackling pregnant prisoners.

A bill that would have allowed metal mining — which Gillway and Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, voted for — failed by wide margins in both houses. The biomass bailout had mixed support among house Democrats — Anne Beebe-Center, D-Rockland, opposed it, while Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, supported it — but among Republicans, only eight voted against it.

It can be helpful to compare incumbents' voting records on their stated positions. At a candidate's forum in Belfast, when asked about the tax havens bill, Herbig said she supported it, but she was absent from the vote, and Gillway and Kinney expressed support but said they did not remember how they voted: They both had voted against it.

652 Concealed Carry Authorizes a person who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a concealed handgun without a permit and to carry a loaded pistol or revolver in a motor vehicle House (H): Concur with Senate; Senate (S): Enactment.
Passed and signed into law.

197 Voter ID Requires that a voter shows photo identification when voting. Amendment increases from three to five the number of days a voter who voted by provisional ballot has to provide an election clerk with a valid form of photo ID. H: Accept committee's Ought Not To Pass report; S: Pass as amended. 
Passed Senate, failed in House.

1097 Welfare reform Compromise bill which prohibits use of the TANF electronic benefits outside Maine, except in N.H., for cash withdrawals of over 25 percent of monthly benefits, or to pay for items including tobacco, liquor, tattoos, obscene material, travel services and lottery tickets; directs Department of Health and Human Services to hire five more fraud investigators. Amendment removes requirement for DHHS to develop electronic system to block prohibited purchases; instead evidence of prohibited purchases would be presented at a hearing. H: Adopt Senate amendment; S: enactment (passed without roll call). 
Passed and signed into law.

1541 Drug sentences Raises the class of crime for the illegal importation of scheduled drugs; creates "aggravated illegal importation of scheduled drugs" crime. Amendment removes minimum sentences for illegal importation (for aggravated illegal importation, keeps minimums, adds possible forfeiture of firearms). H: Accept committee's Ought to Pass as Amended report; S: Ought to Pass as Amended. 
Passed and signed into law.

1554 Drug Crime Class Corrects a conflict in law by defining unlawful possession of a scheduled drug; makes it a misdemeanor to possess small amounts of heroin, cocaine or prescription opiates, but a felony with prior convictions. Amendment adds that possession of 200 mg or less of heroine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, methemphetamine, fentanyl, or 2 grams or less of cocaine is a Class D crime. This bill was a compromise bill with support from ACLU and the attorney general's office. H: Ought to Pass as amended; S: Concur (pass as amended).
Enacted without governor's signature.

309 Regulatory takings Gives a property owner the right to seek and obtain relief If a property owner's right to use, divide, sell, occupy or possess real property is reduced by a government regulation. Amendment adds option for the state to grant a takings variance, meaning the regulation would not apply to that property, instead of paying damages. H: Ought Not To Pass; S: Ought to Pass as Amended.
Passed Senate, failed in House.

341 Tax havens Requires corporations that file income tax in Maine to include income from certain jurisdictions outside the U.S. in net income. Amendment makes exception for Ireland. H: Ought to Pass as Amended; S: Ought Not to Pass. 
Passed House, failed in Senate.

297 Fix Cate St. scam loophole Adds new definitions of "sham transaction" and "capital at risk," to the New Markets Capital Investment Program rules and allows state to recapture tax credits for sham transactions. (The bill was replaced with this committee amendment.) H: Pass to be engrossed; S: concur with House. 
Passed House, failed in Senate.

1312 License abortion facilities Requires outpatient surgical abortion facilities to be licensed by the DHHS H: Ought Not to Pass; S: Ought to Pass. 
Failed in both houses.

83 Parental consent for abortion Prohibits abortions for minors without the written consent of a parent or legal guardian. H: Ought Not to Pass; S: Ought to Pass. 
Failed in both houses.

977 Expand childcare Provides funds to fully access federal matching funds for child care H: Ought to Pass as Amended; S: Ought Not to Pass. 
Passed house, failed by one vote in Senate.

1013 Shackling pregnant prisoners Prohibits the use of restraints on pregnant prisoner or detainee except in extraordinary circumstances, which must be documented; corrections officer may not be present in the room during labor unless specifically requested by medical staff. Amendment directs commissioner to establish standards for using restraints on pregnant prisoners and pregnant juveniles in jails. H: Ought to Pass as Amended; S: Ought to Pass as Amended Passed without roll-call vote. 
Enacted without governor's signature.

384 Universal Health Care study Directs a panel to propose design options for a universal system of health care in the state by Aug. 1, 2018. H: Final Passage; S: Veto override. 
Governor vetoed; veto sustained by Senate.

854 Obamacare expansion Expands Medicaid coverage under Obamacare. Amendment provides for an annual expenditure cap for services, calls for a financial impact study, allows termination of coverage when expenses exceed cap. H: Ought to Pass as Amended; S: Ought Not to Pass. 
Passed House, failed in Senate.

92 Minimum wage House version increases minimum wage in three stages until it reaches $9.50 in 2018. Senate version would have rolled back child labor laws, stopped increases at $9 in 2018, and prohibited municipalities from setting their own minimum wages. H: Ought to Pass as Amended; S: Ought to Pass as Amended. 
No compromise could be reached, died between houses.

117 Prevailing wage Amends the laws requiring the preference for Maine residents and the payment of prevailing wages in public works contracts by removing the exemption for contracts under $50,000. H: Ought to Pass as Amended; S: Ought Not to Pass. 
Passed House, failed in Senate.

1431 Right to work zones Creates a mechanism for competing for projects of at least $25 million in military redevelopment zones which would each create at least 500 new jobs; prohibits requiring a person, as a condition of employment in these zones, to join a union or pay union dues. Amendment clarifies that ME Finance Authority retains authority to determine whether an applicant for long-term, credit-enhanced financing may receive such financing. H: Ought Not To Pass; S: Ought to Pass as Amended. 
Failed in both houses.

1319 Ban on union leave Prevents employees from receiving government payment for leave to participate in union activities. Amendment replaces the bill: directs a commission to study the impact and benefits of state-compensated leave for an employee to participate in union activities. Sponsored by Karl Ward. H: Ought Not to Pass; S: Ought to Pass as Amended. 
Failed in both houses.

1008 Ban on labor agreements Extends for 10 years the temporary ban on labor agreements for road and bridge construction projects. H: Ought Not to Pass; S: Ought to Pass. 
Passed Senate, failed in House.

407 American-made products Requires that only American-made products be used on government construction, repair, or maintenance projects. Amendment adds appropriations section. H: Ought to Pass as Amended; S: Ought Not to Pass.
Passed House, failed in Senate.

1165 Toxic chemicals in the workplace Enacts the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act to reduce exposure of employees to highly toxic chemicals in the workplace and improve workplace chemical management and safety. Amendment directs employers to self audit and identify toxic chemicals and permanently transition to safer alternatives or report to DOL why not. H: Ought to Pass as Amended; S: Ought Not to Pass. 
Passed House, failed in Senate.

301 Workers comp Expands worker’s compensation for firefighters to cover any injury that occurs when responding to an emergency call. Amendment adds fiscal note. H: Ought to Pass as Amended; S: Ought Not to Pass. 
Passed House, failed in Senate.

1378 LMF bonds Requires governor to issue general obligation bonds that have been ratified by voters unless specific conditions exist, and to provide information if delaying or forgoing issuance of a bond. (in response to Gov. LePage's withholding Land For Maine's Future bonds.) H: Override; S: Override.
Governor vetoed, veto overridden in Senate, override failed in house.

750 Metal mining rules Imposes moratorium on mining until new DEP rules are set with certain stipulations. Amendment authorizes final adoption of proposed DEP rules for metallic mineral exploration and mining if certain changes are made. H: Ought to Pass as Amended; S: Ought Not to Pass. 
Failed in both houses.

1676 Biomass bailout Directs PUC to procure by Sept. 1, 2016, 80 megawatts of new or existing renewable resources for contracts of five years and, by 9/1/17, 60 megawatts of new or existing renewable resources for contracts of no longer than 10 years. Amendment calls for transfer from the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund up to $13.4 million to the cost recovery fund established for this purpose. H: Accept Senate amendment; S: Pass as Amended.
Passed and signed into law.

1400 Renewable energy mandates Repeals Maine’s renewable energy mandate, which requires 40 percent of Maine’s electrical power come from government-approved renewable energy sources by 2017. Amendment pushes repeal date to Jan. 1, 2017; authorizes PUC to contract for energy efficiency capacity resources; removes requirement for distributed generation aggregator. H: Ought Not to Pass; S: Ought to Pass as Amended.
Passed Senate, failed in House.

1649 Solar bill Reflects consensus developed in negotiations between PUC, stakeholders state solar companies and power companies on an alternative to net metering, establishes a framework to support distributed generation, directs standard buyer to procure 248 megawatts of solar energy over a five-year period beginning in 2017, of which 24 percent to be allotted to grid-scale solar; 19 percent to large-scale community solar; 10 percent to commercial and industrial; and 47 percent to residential and small business; residential and small business customers would receive 20-year contracts at a set price. existing net metering customers may continue to net meter under commission rules for 12 years.

Amendment reduces time allowed for attaining the procurement targets four years, with a reduction in targets for each segment except for commercial, industrial and municipal; reduces total price for residential contracts to $6.6 million; caps prices to be paid to 75 percent of the residential price for grid scale, 90 percent for community, and 90 percent for commercial, industrial and municipal; allows for 15-year residential contracts; requires cap on rate adjustment mechanism.

H: Ought to Pass/ Accept Senate Amendment /Veto override/ reconsideration of veto override; S: Ought to Pass as Amended/ Adopt amendment (no override vote).

Governor vetoed; veto sustained by House.

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Jordan Bailey has been working for The Republican Journal since 2013. She studied philosophy at Boston College and has experience in marine science education and journalism. She lives in Belfast.

 

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