State & Federal Relations' Publications

LD Lists
Track the legislation pertinent to municipalities. Lists are updated weekly when Legislature is in session.
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Legislative Bulletin The Bulletin, usually six to eight pages, is published every Friday when the Legislature is in session and contains the following information: The title, sponsor, and a description of new bills of municipal interest; Public Hearing Schedules; articles reporting on the outcome of public hearings and work sessions; and MMA policy positions

Municipal Issues Paper
For over two decades, the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) has published a version of the Municipal  Issues Paper in gubernatorial election years. The purpose of the Paper is generally three-fold: (1) to provide  candidates for the Office of the Governor and the Maine Legislature with background information on MMA’s policy positions and advocacy efforts; (2) to identify legislative issues of municipal interest and importance; and (3) to facilitate pre-election conversations between local officials and candidates for state office.

Federal Issues Paper
MMA’s Federal Issues Paper is prepared annually for Maine’s four-member Congressional delegation. MMA staff solicit input for the paper from MMA membership. The paper apprises the delegation of where Maine’s municipalities stand on federal legislation that affects them.

Fiscal Survey
The Municipal Fiscal Survey is a report on where the money comes from and how it is spent by Maine's municipalities. It is arranged according to population size. The Fiscal Survey is published at unscheduled intervals.

Maine Town & City
Maine Town & City is a monthly magazine sent to more than 4,500 elected and appointed officials and employees of member municipalities and other readers interested in municipal issues.

State Municipal Partnership Programs: Past, Present & Future
This report evaluates systems established in Maine law that fall in the general category of state local partnership programs. For this purpose, a “partnership program” is a state law that compels municipalities to conduct certain activities or provide specific services for the general good, as well as related systems established in law to support or supplement those required activities.


Legislative Wrap-up

The Second Special Session of the 128th Legislature which convened on June 19, 2018 finally adjourned “sine die” on September 13, 2018. Non-emergency legislation enacted during the Second Special Session is effective on December 13, 2018. Laws enacted as emergency measures became effective on the day they were either signed by the Governor, or on the day they became law without the Governor’s signature.

Overview

MMA Executive Committee Backs Bond Measures

NEW LAWS 128th Legislature – Second Special Session


Non-emergency legislation enacted in the Second Regular Session (January 3 – May 2, 2018) became effective on October 1, 2018. (see July edition)

In spite of a rocky session, local governments paddle forward

Legislature answers calls to clarify marijuana laws

NEW LAWS 128th Legislature – Second Session

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