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94-270
Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election practices

2001-2002 Regulatory Agenda

UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 94-270
AGENCY NAME: Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices

CONTACT PERSON: William C. Hain, III, Director, 135 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0135. Tel: (207) 287-4179.

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2001-2002 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Procedures
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1 M.R.S.A. 1002, as amended; 1 M.R.S.A. 1003; 21-A M.R.S.A. 1017, sub-3-B; 21-A M.R.S.A. 1019, as amended; 21-A M.R.S.A. 1125, sub-9; 21-A M.R.S.A. 1126.
PURPOSE: These rules describe the nature and operation of the Commission and establish procedures by which its actions will be governed. They include provisions on accelerated reporting schedules and reports of independent expenditures mandated by the Maine Clean Election Act. These rules may be amended because of statutory changes, including changes to the campaign report filing forms for candidates.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall - Winter 2001-2002 (possible).
AFFECTED PARTIES: The general public at large, including prospective candidates and persons interested in becoming candidates for statewide, state, county, and municipal office in municipalities with a population of 15,000 or more; lobbyists; political action committees; and members of the Legislature.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Stakeholder participation likely.

CHAPTER 2: Hearing Procedures
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1 M.R.S.A. 1003
PURPOSE: These rules establish the procedures applicable to hearings before the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices that may be held to consider any matter within the Commission's statutory authority, including legislative ethics, etc. Changes are possible to accommodate statutory revisions to Commission authority.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall - Winter 2001-2002 (possible).
AFFECTED PARTIES: Members of the Legislature; the general public at large, including prospective candidates and persons interested in becoming candidates for statewide, state, county, and municipal office in municipalities with a population of 15,000 or more; lobbyists; and political action committees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Stakeholder participation likely.

CHAPTER 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 21-A M.R.S.A. chapter 14
PURPOSE: These rules establish procedures to implement the Maine Clean Election Act and related provisions, including definitions; procedures governing candidate participation in the Act; certification of participating candidates; fund administration; distribution of funds to certified candidates; record-keeping and reporting requirements; and procedures for recounts, vacancies, and special elections. These rules may be amended to accommodate legislative changes to the Maine Clean Election Act following the 2000 elections.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall - Winter 2001-2002 (possible).
AFFECTED PARTIES: Prospective candidates and persons interested in becoming candidates for the office of Governor, State Senator, or State Representative; and the general public at large.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Stakeholder participation likely.

CHAPTER 4: Implementing Regulations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1 M.R.S.A. 1003
PURPOSE: The Commission may propose rules to clarify the lobbyist disclosure procedures and to implement new "push-polling" registration and reporting requirements.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Fall - Winter 2001-2002 (possible).
AFFECTED PARTIES: The general public at large, including prospective candidates and persons interested in becoming candidates for statewide, state, county, and municipal office in municipalities with a population of 15,000 or more; lobbyists; political action committees; and members of the Legislature.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Stakeholder participation likely.

 


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