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Commission Actions
Meeting of May 30, 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.; Hon. Jane A. Amero
Staff: Executive Director Jonathan Wayne; Phyllis Gardiner, Counsel

 

1.  Ratification of Minutes of the March 28, 2012 Meeting

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

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 attempted to contact all unregistered candidates to ask them to register. Close to 500 legislative and county candidates have registered with the Commission. One candidate (Debra Black) for the Maine House of Representatives has not registered as of the meeting date.

Motion: To find Ms. Black in violation for failing to register as a candidate.
Made by: Mr. McKee
Seconded by: Mr. Healy
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

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.

Motion: To finally adopt the major substantive rules regarding Chapter 3 - the Maine Clean Election Act and related provisions.
Made by: Ms. Matheson
Seconded by: Mr. Duchette
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

4. Further Consideration of Chapter 1 Rules (routine technical)
The Commission had received comments on routine technical rules in Chapter 1, including a second round of comments with respect to the proposed rule interpreting the press exception. The staff recommended 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.

Motion: To invite 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.
Made by: Mr. McKee
Seconded by: Mr. Duchette
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Pursuant to Title 1 of the Maine Statutes, section 405(4), the Commission went into executive session pursuant to Title 1, section 405(6)(E) to consult with the Commission’s counsel concerning pending or contemplated litigation.