May 30, 2012 Commission Meeting
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Meeting of May 30, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine
1. Ratification of Minutes of the March 28, 2012 Meeting
2. Finding of Violation for Failing to Register as a Candidate
Candidates are required to register with the Commission within 10 days of qualifying for the ballot. Candidates on the primary election ballot should have registered with the Commission no later than Monday, March 26. The Commission staff has attempted to contact all unregistered candidates to ask them to register. Close to 500 legislative and county candidates have registered with the Commission. In spite of notices and attempted telephone contacts, seven candidates for the Maine House of Representatives have not registered. Staff recommendation: for any candidate who remains unregistered as of May 29, the staff recommends that the Commission find that the candidate has violated 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1013-A.
3. Final Adoption of Chapter 3 Rules (major substantive)
At its March 28, 2012 meeting, the Commission provisionally adopted changes to Chapter 3 of the Commission’s rules. Because the Chapter 3 rules relate to the Maine Clean Election Act, they are major substantive. The Maine Legislature approved the final adoption of these rules in Resolve Chapter 158, which took effect on April 18, 2012. Staff recommendation: the staff recommends that the Commission finally adopt these rule changes.
4. Further Consideration of Chapter 1 Rules (routine technical)
The Commission has comments on routine technical rules in Chapter 1, including a second round of comments with respect to the proposed rule interpreting the press exception. Staff recommendation: the staff recommends inviting additional public comment on the press exception rule to address the issue of publications owned by a candidate or an immediate family member of a candidate.