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Commission Actions
Meeting of February 29, 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 January 25, 2012 Meeting

Motion: To adopt the minutes as written.
Made by: Ms. Amero
Seconded by: Ms. Matheson
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

2. Complaint by the Maine Democratic Party against Bruce L. Poliquin
The Maine Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Commission alleging that State Treasurer Bruce L. Poliquin did not fully disclose the sources of his 2010 income in an annual statement that he filed with the Commission. Mr. Poliquin responded that he intended to fully comply with the letter and spirit of the reporting requirements and that he had no employment or investment income that created any conflict of interest for him as the Treasurer of the State of Maine.

First Motion: That the Commission find that Mr. Poliquin’s original disclosure form did not fully comply but that his amended filing is in full compliance.
Made by: Ms. Matheson
Seconded by: Mr. Mr. McKee
Vote: 2-3 (motion failed) with Mr. McKee and Ms. Matheson in favor; Mr. Duchette, Mr. Healy and Ms. Amero opposed.

Second Motion: That the Commission find that Mr. Poliquin’s original disclosure form was substantially compliant but was incomplete, and has now been made complete through his amended filing.
Made by: Mr. Duchette
Seconded by: Ms. Amero
Vote: 4-1 (motion passed) with Mr. McKee opposed.

3. Request by Rebecca D. Edmondson for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty
Rebecca D. Edmondson began lobbying in Maine for the College Board in August 2011. When she attempted to file the monthly report due for the month of December 2011 (during which she conducted no lobbying), she accidentally filed the wrong report. She requests a waiver of the $100 penalty.

Motion: That the Commission accept the staff recommendation and grant a complete waiver of the penalty because Ms. Edmondson made a bona fide effort to file the report and there was little harm to the public resulting from the late report.
Made by: Ms. Matheson
Seconded by: Mr. Duchette
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

4. Public Hearing on Rulemaking
The Commission received comments from the public on proposed amendments to the Commission’s Rules.

No action required.