AUGUSTA – The Maine House of Representatives today tabled two controversial bills that were scheduled to be debated and voted upon. During a legislative work day that saw the House finish their business and adjourn before 2 pm, the House did manage to approve a taxpayer funded abortion bill, but decided not to take up the other bills.
The bill, L.D. 816, which would give away Maine’s electoral college votes to the Presidential candidate that wins the most votes across the country, regardless of how Maine votes, was tabled first.
minutes later, the bill that would provide Maine taxpayer funded welfare
benefits to non-citizens that is sponsored by Rep. Drew Gattine (D – Westbrook)
which would attempt to undermine the nation’s electoral college through an
interstate compact binding states to the national popular vote instead of their
own state’s vote, passed the Maine Senate on Tuesday.
L.D. 1317, which would provide welfare benefits to non-citizens, has not yet had any votes in the Maine Legislature.
policy and activist groups launched last ditch efforts to appeal to more
liberal legislators not to support one or both bills, and social media response
to the vote to bypass the electoral college on Tuesday was largely negative.