Important Changes to Mainers' political and civic rights happened at the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee of the legislature on May 10, 2017. Listen to the recorded discussions then the committee votes in approval of bills LD 1591 and LD 1571.
May 10, 2017 Meeting introduction 2min
* LD 1591 Lobbying by Former Legislators and Former Executive Branch Officials" Imposes a one year no-paid-lobbying minimum after leaving office. Listen to LD1591's worksession and vote. 14min 36sec
During the work session both the secretary of state and a professional lobbyist spoke at length in favor of the bill.
Minor parties to have 2 major differences from majors
1.Need minimum 5,000 enrolled voters to qualify as a legitimate political party,
2. Select candidates at conventions.
Major Parties (Ds and Rs)
1. Need minimum o\50,000 enrolled voters to qualify
2. Select candidates via primaries.