Roll Calls: Maine Female Genital Mutilation Bill – How Did Your Rep Vote?

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AUGUSTA – In the first half of the 128th Maine Legislature, a bill was brought forward to ensure that female genital mutilation, a dangerous procedure practiced in some cultures, was made illegal and those performing the procedures could be prosecuted in Maine.

Female genital mutilation is the practice of cutting the external female genitalia in an effort to “cleanse or purify the girl, ensure she remains sexually chaste, prevent cheating on her future husband and keep her behaving well” according to a 2015 Newsweek article cited by Rep. Sirocki in her testimony.



This bill was prompted by the inability of Maine officials to prosecute those practicing FGM, despite state health care data demonstrating that the procedure had been performed in Maine, sometimes resulting in young girls requiring additional medical treatment.

Rep. Heather Sirocki, the bill’s sponsor heavily cited data from UNICEF and many other sources in her testimony in justifying her concern about the practice, including a Population Reference Bureau study, which analyzed census data and said more than 1,600 females in Maine were at risk for this practice, including almost 400 girls under age 18.

The bill, LD 745, eventually failed in the Maine House despite passage with wide bipartisan support in the Maine Senate. It was sponsored by Rep. Heather Sirocki, and co-sponsored by more than 60 Representatives and Senators from both political parties.



But opposition to the bill banning female genital mutilation hardened among Democrats, who followed the line of thinking presented by the ACLU, opposing the bill because it expanded Maine’s criminal code and suggesting that the practice does not occur in Maine, according to the ACLU’s written testimony submitted to the Criminal Justice Committee.

As of the writing of this article, no other legislation has advanced the ability of prosecutors to prosecute the practice of female genital mutilation, a problem that Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney, a former Democratic State Representative, highlighted in her written testimony on the bill.

Maine Examiner took the time to transcribe the roll calls on this bill and lay out how each member of the Maine House voted.

Yes” means the Rep voted to advance or make the bill law, making FGM illegal and prosecutable.
No” means the Representative voted against the bill and did not support making it law.
X” means the Representative was not present for the vote.

Here are the links to the full roll call votes for passage of the bill below, so you can view them for yourself. Because of the complexity of the legislative process, we have not included two procedural votes.

Click here for House Roll Call #332 Recede and Concur. This was a vote to pass the same bill passed by the State Senate.

Click here for House Roll Call #382 Recede and Concur. This was a second vote to pass the same bill passed by the State Senate after the Senate again voted.

Here is all the written testimony submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety – http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/testimony.html?snum=128&PID=1456#

Key testimony by Kennebec County District Attorney on behalf of the Maine Prosecutors Association – http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getTestimonyDoc.asp?id=76801

Bill sponsor Rep. Heather Sirocki’s testimony: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getTestimonyDoc.asp?id=76795

Written testimony from the ACLU: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getTestimonyDoc.asp?id=76785

LD 745 An Act To Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation
Yes” means Rep. voted to advance or make bill law, making FGM illegal & prosecutable.
No” means Rep. voted against bill and did not support making it law.
X” means the Representative was not present for the vote.



Name

Roll Call #332

Roll Call #382

Kent Ackley (C-Monmouth)

No

No

Robert Alley (D-Beals)

No

No

Betty Austin (D-Skowhegan)

No

No

Susan Austin (R-Gray)

Yes

Yes

Christopher Babbidge (D-Kennebunk)

No

No

Donna Bailey (D-Saco)

No

No

Dillon Bates (D-Westbrook)

No

No

Kevin Battle (I-South Portland)

X

Yes

Pinny Beebe-Center (D-Rockland)

No

No

Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham)

No

No

Bruce Bickford (R-Auburn)

Yes

Yes

Russell Black (R-Wilton)

Yes

Yes

Lydia Blume (D-York)

No

No

Richard Bradstreet (R-Vassalboro)

Yes

Yes

Heidi Brooks (D-Lewiston)

No

No

Mark Bryant (D-Windham)

No

No

Richard Campbell (R-Orrington)

Yes

Yes

Barbara Cardone (D-Bangor)

No

No

Owen Casas (I-Rockport)

No

No

Richard Cebra (R-Naples)

Yes

Yes

Paul Chace (R-Durham)

Yes

Yes



LD 745 An Act To Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation
Yes” means Rep. voted to advance or make bill law, making FGM illegal & prosecutable.
No” means Rep. voted against bill and did not support making it law.
X” means the Representative was not present for the vote.

Name

Roll Call #332

Roll Call #382

Ralph Chapman (G-Brooksville)

X

No

Benjamin Collings (D-Portland)

No

No

Janice Cooper (D-Yarmouth)

No

No

Patrick Corey (R-Windham)

Yes

Yes

Garrel Craig (R-Brewer)

Yes

Yes

Matthea Daughtry (D-Brunswick)

No

No

Jennifer Dechant (D-Bath)

No

No

Dale Denno (D-Cumberland)

No

Yes

Michael Devin (D-Newcastle)

No

X

Kathleen Dillingham (R-Oxford)

X

Yes

Donna Doore (D-Augusta)

No

No

Robert Duchesne (D-Hudson)

No

No

Michelle Dunphy (D-Old Town)

No

No

Ellie Espling (R-New Gloucester)

Yes

Yes

Richard Farnsworth (D-Portland)

No

No

Brad Farrin (R-Norridgewock)

Yes

Yes

Jessica Fay (D-Raymond)

No

No

Ryan Fecteau (D-Biddeford)

No

No

Robert Foley (R-Wells)

Yes

Yes

Ken Fredette (R-Newport)

Yes

Yes



LD 745 An Act To Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation
Yes” means Rep. voted to advance or make bill law, making FGM illegal & prosecutable.
No” means Rep. voted against bill and did not support making it law.
X” means the Representative was not present for the vote.

Name

Roll Call #332

Roll Call #382

Aaron Frey (D-Bangor)

No

No

Roger Fuller (D-Lewiston)

No

No

Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook)

No

No

Karen Gerrish (R-Lebanon)

X

Yes

Sara Gideon (D-Freeport)

No

No

James Gillway (R-Searsport)

Yes

Yes

Phyllis Ginzler (R-Bridgton)

Yes

Yes

Jared Golden (D-Lewiston)

No

No

Gay Grant (D-Gardiner)

Yes

Yes

Chad Grignon (R-Athens)

Yes

Yes

Martin Grohman (I-Biddeford)

No

No

Stacey Guerin (R-Glenburn)

Yes

Yes

David Haggan (R-Hampden)

Yes

Yes

Scott Hamann (D-Westbrook)

No

No

James Handy (D-Lewiston)

No

No

Sheldon Hanington (R-Lincoln)

Yes

Yes

Jeffery Hanley (R-Pittson)

Yes

Yes

Denise Harlow (I-Portland)

No

No

Matthew Harrington (R-Sanford)

Yes

Yes

Lance Harvell (R-Farmington)

Yes

X



LD 745 An Act To Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation
Yes” means Rep. voted to advance or make bill law, making FGM illegal & prosecutable.
No” means Rep. voted against bill and did not support making it law.
X” means the Representative was not present for the vote.

Name

Roll Call #332

Roll Call #382

Stephanie Hawke (R-Boothbay Harbor)

Yes

Yes

Fran Head (R-Bethel)

Yes

Yes

Erin Herbig (D-Belfast)

No

No

Lloyd Herrick (R-Paris)

Yes

Yes

Craig Hickman (D-Winthrop)

No

No

Norman Higgins (I- Dover-Foxcroft)

Yes

Yes

Gary Hilliard (R-Belgrade)

Yes

Yes

George Hogan (D-Old Orchard Beach)

No

No

Brian Hubbell (D-Bar Harbor)

No

No

Patricia Hymanson (D-York)

No

No

Chris Johansen (R-Monticello)

Yes

Yes

Erik Jorgensen (D-Portland)

No

No

Jonathan Kinney (R-Limington)

Yes

Yes

MaryAnne Kinney (R-Knox)

Yes

Yes

Victoria Kornfield (D-Bangor)

No

No

Walter Kumiega (D-Deer Isle)

No

No

Mark Lawrence (D-Eliot)

No

No

Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst)

Yes

Yes

Thomas Longstaff (D-Waterville)

No

No

Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth)

No

No



LD 745 An Act To Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation
Yes” means Rep. voted to advance or make bill law, making FGM illegal & prosecutable.
No” means Rep. voted against bill and did not support making it law.
X” means the Representative was not present for the vote.

Name

Roll Call #332

Roll Call #382

Peter Lyford (R-Eddington)

Yes

Yes

Colleen Madigan (D-Waterville)

No

No

John Madigan (D-Rumford)

No

No

Richard Malaby (R-Hancock)

X

Yes

Donald Marean (R-Hollis)

Yes

Yes

John Martin (D-Eagle Lake)

No

No

Roland “Danny” Martin (D-Sinclair)

No

No

Gina Mason (R-Lisbon)

Yes

Yes

Ann-Marie Mastraccio (D-Sanford)

No

No

David McCrea (D-Fort Fairfield)

No

No

Joyce McCreight (D-Harpswell)

No

No

Carol McElwee (R-Caribou)

Yes

Yes

Andrew McLean (D-Gorham)

No

No

Gina Melaragno (D-Auburn)

No

No

Kimberly Monaghan (D-Cape Elizabeth)

No

No

Matthew Moonen (D-Portland)

No

No

Catherine Nadeau (D-Winslow)

No

No

Beth O’Connor (R-Berwick)

Yes

Yes

Margaret O’Neil (D- Saco)

No

No

Lester Ordway (R-Standish)

Yes

Yes



LD 745 An Act To Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation
Yes” means Rep. voted to advance or make bill law, making FGM illegal & prosecutable.
No” means Rep. voted against bill and did not support making it law.
X” means the Representative was not present for the vote.

Name

Roll Call #332

Roll Call #382

Jennifer Parker (D-South Berwick)

No

No

Wayne Parry (R-Arundel)

Yes

Yes

Michael Perkins (R-Oakland)

Yes

Yes

Anne Perry (D-Calais)

No

No

John Picchiotti (R-Fairfield)

Yes

Yes

Richard Pickett (R-Dixfield)

Yes

Yes

Jeffrey Pierce (R-Dresden)

Yes

Yes

Teresa Pierce (D-Falmouth)

No

No

Matthew Pouliot (R-Augusta)

Yes

Yes

Dwayne Prescott (R-Waterboro)

Yes

Yes

Lois Reckitt (D-South Portland)

No

No

Roger Reed (R-Carmel)

Yes

Yes

Christina Riley (D-Jay)

No

No

Deane Rykerson (D-Kittery)

No

No

Heidi Sampson (R-Alfred)

Yes

Yes

Heather Sanborn (D-Portland)

No

No

Deb Sanderson (R-Chelsea)

Yes

X

John Schneck (D-Bangor)

No

No

Stedman Seavey (R-Kennebunkport)

Yes

Yes

Bettyann Sheats (D-Auburn)

No

No



LD 745 An Act To Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation
Yes” means Rep. voted to advance or make bill law, making FGM illegal & prosecutable.
No” means Rep. voted against bill and did not support making it law.
X” means the Representative was not present for the vote.

Name

Roll Call #332

Roll Call #382

Roger Sherman (R-Hodgdon)

Yes

Yes

Abden Simmons (R-Waldoboro)

Yes

Yes

Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough)

Yes

Yes

Thomas Skolfield (R-Weld)

Yes

Yes

John Spear (D-South Thomaston)

No

Yes

Stephen Stanley (D-Medway)

No

No

Paul Stearns (R-Guilford)

Yes

Yes

Joel Stetkis (R-Canaan)

Yes

Yes

Harold Stewart III (R-Presque Isle)

Yes

Yes

Scott Strom (R-Pittsfield)

Yes

Yes

Paula Sutton (R-Warren)

Yes

Yes

Michael Sylvester (D-Portland)

No

No

Rachel Talbot-Ross (D-Portland)

No

No

Denise Tepler (D-Topsham)

No

No

Maureen Terry (D-Gorham)

No

No

Timothy Theriault (R-China)

Yes

Yes

Jeffrey Timberlake (R-Turner)

Yes

Yes

Ryan Tipping (D-Orono)

No

X

Ralph Tucker (D-Brunswick)

No

No

William Tuell (R-East Machias)

Yes

Yes

Beth Turner (R-Burlington)

Yes

Yes

Karen Vachon (R-Scarborough)

Yes

Yes

Nathan Wadsworth (R-Hiram)

Yes

Yes

Raymond Wallace (R-Dexter)

Yes

Yes

Karleton Ward (R-Dedham)

Yes

Yes

Charlotte Warren (D-Hallowell)

No

No

Dustin White (R-Washburn)

Yes

Yes

Tom Winsor (R-Norway)

Yes

Yes

Stephen Wood (R-Greene)

Yes

Yes

Stanley Zeigler (D-Montville)

No

No



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