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Commission Actions
Meeting of March 28, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine

Present: Walter F. McKee, Esq., Chair; André G. Duchette, Esq.; Margaret E. Matheson, Esq.; Michael T. Healy, Esq.
Absent: Hon. Jane A. Amero
Staff: Executive Director Jonathan Wayne; Phyllis Gardiner, Counsel


1.  Ratification of Minutes of the February 29, 2012 Meeting

Motion: To adopt the minutes as written.
Made by: Ms. Matheson
Seconded by: Mr. Duchette
Vote: 4-0 (motion passed)

2.  Rulemaking – Major Substantive Rules
In January 2012, the Commission agreed to accept public comment on proposed changes to its rules. The Commission held a public hearing at its February meeting to receive comments from the public and received written comments through March 12, 2012. The Commission received comments on the Chapter 3 rules from the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and from Joseph and Michele Greenier. After considering the comments, the Commission staff recommended provisionally adopting the changes to the Chapter 3 rules, as originally proposed.

Motion: That the Commission provisionally adopt the changes in the Chapter 3 Rules with the change to Section 2(4)(A)(5) suggested by Mr. Healy.
Made by: Ms. Matheson
Seconded by: Mr. Healy
Vote: 4-0 (motion passed)

3. Rulemaking – Routine Technical Rules
The Commission received written comments on routine technical rules in Chapter 1. With respect to the proposed rule interpreting the press exemption (Chapter 1, Section 7(10)), the Commission received comments from the Maine Press Association, the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. After considering the comments, the staff proposed seeking additional public comment in writing on a revised version of Section 7(10).

Motion: That the Commission accept written comment only on the new Section 7(10).
Made by: Mr. McKee
Seconded by: Mr. Duchette
Vote: 4-0 (motion passed)