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94-270
Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices
2002-2003 Regulatory Agenda

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

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

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions Amendments (Resolves 2002, ch. 109; eff. 7/31/02)

EXPECTED 2002-2003 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, Commission proposals for more effective administration or to clarify existing procedures, or public suggestion.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter - Spring 2002-2003 (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, administration of the campaign reports and finances statutes, lobbyist disclosure procedures, etc. Changes are possible to accommodate statutory revisions to Commission authority.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter - Spring 2002-2003 (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 2002 elections.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter - Spring 2002-2003 (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 implement the "push-polling" registration and reporting requirements and to clarify the lobbyist disclosure procedures.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Winter - Spring 2002-2003 (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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