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Commission Actions
September 8, 2009 Meeting


1.  Final Adoption of Proposed Rule Amendments
At a special meeting on June 15, 2009, the Commission decided to accept public comment on changes to the Commission Rules proposed by staff.  Several of the proposed rule changes were in response to statutory changes made in the 2009 legislative session.  On July 30, 2009, the Commission held a public hearing to receive oral comment.  Written comments were accepted through August 14, 2009.  The Commission staff has amended the proposed rules in response to comments received, and recommends final adoption of the amendments.

Motion:  To adopt the rules as presented.
Made by:  Mr. Marsano
Seconded by:   Mr. McKee
Vote:  5-0 (motion passed)

2.  Proposed New Rule-Making/Procedures for Authorizing Maine Clean Election Act Candidates to Collect Contributions in Case of a Budget Shortfall
In response to testimony at the July 30, 2009 public hearing, the Commission staff proposes a substantial revision to the Commission’s rule regarding the procedures for authorizing Maine Clean Election Act candidates to accept campaign contributions if there is insufficient money in the Maine Clean Election Fund.  Because the revised rule is substantially different from the rule proposed on June 15, 2009, consideration of the revised rule would require inviting additional comment from the public in a new rule-making.

Motion:  To send the proposed rule out for public comment, written as well as oral testimony, and have the public hearing on November 19 with final adoption in January.
Made by:  Mr. McKee
Seconded by:  Mr. Marsano
Vote:  5-0 (motion passed)

3.  Investigation of Maine Leads/Testimony of Roy Lenardson
At its May 28, 2009 meeting, the Commission directed its staff to investigate whether Maine Leads was required to register and file campaign finance reports as a political action committee or as a ballot question committee.  As part of the investigation, the Commission will hear testimony from Roy Lenardson, the Executive Director of Maine Leads.

The Commission heard testimony from Mr. Lenardson.  The Commission will hear this matter again at the October 1 meeting.


Motion:  To go into executive session in accordance with Section 405, subsection 6(E) of Title 1 for the purpose of discussing the compensation of an employee at the Commission.
Made by:  Mr. McKee
Seconded by:  Mr. Marsano
Vote:  5-0 (motion passed)

Motion:  To come out of executive session.
Made by:  Mr. Duchette
Seconded by:  Mr. Marsano
Vote:  5-0 (motion passed)