As yesterday’s Spring Social, Representative Jay McCreight updated us on a number of bills pending in the Maine Legislature, including those pertaining to reproductive health care. A number of us asked if she could provide details, and Jay quickly (like within a few hours after the Social ended!) followed up with a summary of those bills as outlined below.
Click on this link, type in LD #, and you can navigate to find sponsors, text, committee of reference, etc.:
– LD 319: An Act to Strengthen the Economic Stability of Qualified Citizens by Expanding Coverage of Reproductive Health Care and Family Services (Rep. Jay McCreight, sponsor) Public hearing and work session done, next step being discussed in Augusta, I will keep GRR updated. In the meantime, please continue to push your legislators to support it.
– LD 1003: An Act To Prohibit Discrimination by Employers and Protect the Privacy of an Applicant for Employment, an Employee or an Employee’s Dependents Regarding Reproductive Health Decisions, (Rep. Jay McCreight, sponsor) This bill proposes a broader definition of protection from employment discrimination (for both sexes and for reproductive health choices) under the Human Rights Act. Public hearing, 9:30 am, Monday, 5/4/15, Judiciary Committee, 4th floor, State House, GRRs always welcome!
– LD 1312 – An Act to License Outpatient Surgical Abortion Facilities (a TRAP bill), (Rep. Deb Sanderson, sponsor) This has been interesting to watch – sponsor wanted this heard in Health and Human Services but this was refused by the House, abortion bills are heard in Judiciary Committee. Public hearing, 5/13/15 and work session 5/20/15, in Judiciary Committee, 4th floor, State House, GRRs always welcome.
– LD 83 – An Act to Strengthen the Consent Laws for Abortions Performed on Minors and Incapacitated Persons, (Sen. Paul Davis, sponsor) This bill would rescind current consent law for abortions and therefore can be understood as an effort restrict access again. Public Hearing, 5/13/15, Judiciary Committee, 4th Floor State House, GRRs always welcome.
LD 1065 – An Act to Amend the Law Regarding Temporary Powers of Attorney Over Minors and Incapacitated Persons, (Rep. Deb Sanderson, sponsor) Public Hearing has been held, Work Session Abortion language is hidden in the language of this bill as was it’s foundation in a non-DHHS program of temporary placement through a Christian organization.
Thanks Jay for your quick follow-up and all your hard work serving West Bath, Harpswell and east Brunswick. If you have any questions for her, contact info is here:
Joyce “Jay” McCreight
Representative, Maine House District 51
Harpswell, West Bath, East Brunswick