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The Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Women’s Policy Center Welcome New Leadership

November 15, 2011 - Today the Maine Women’s Lobby and Maine Women’s Policy Center welcomed Eliza Townsend as the new Executive Director of the sister organizations. Eliza brings decades of public policy leadership experience to her new position. In addition to four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, Eliza served as Executive Director of the Maine League of Conservation Voters & Maine Conservation Voters Education Fund, as well as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Conservation. ( Download…)

New Leader Anticipated at the Maine Women’s Lobby

August 3, 2011 - After eight successful years with the Maine Women’s Lobby and its sister organization, the Maine Women's Policy Center, Executive Director, Sarah Standiford will be stepping down at the end of July to pursue new opportunities. The organizations will launch a nationwide search for a new Executive Director in August. ( Download…)

Maine House Stands Up for Civil Rights

June 8, 2011 - “Late last night the Maine House of Representatives stood firm against efforts to roll back access to reproductive health care and civil rights protections for transgendered Mainers. “These bills were defeated by wide margins—and for good reason. Maine lawmakers understand the danger of unraveling decades of bipartisan compromise. In upholding Maine law, they put the health Maine women and teens first instead of erecting impossible barriers to comprehensive health care services. In defending the Maine Human Rights Act, they refused to put the rights and safety of transgendered Mainers at risk. ( Download…)

Advocates Call Upon Lawmakers to Defend Current Maine Law

June 1, 2011 - In advance of likely votes on reproductive health, advocates and members of the Maine Choice Coalition–dressed in pink and wearing stickers saying “Trust Maine Women”—gathered today at the State House to lobby legislators to defend reproductive health and privacy. They urged lawmakers to reject L.D.’s 31, 116, 924, 1457, and 1463. ( Download…)

House Votes to Revoke Voting Rights

June 1, 2011 - Today the Maine House of Representatives voted to turn back the clock - and undercut Maine’s vibrant democratic tradition – by voting to eliminate Election Day Registration. “Voting is fundamental to full civic participation. That’s why the Maine Women’s Lobby is deeply concerned about L.D. 1376. This bill would establish unnecessary and inappropriate barriers in front of prospective voters, especially women voters. It will turn back the clock on our democracy. It will turn back the clock on voting rights. ( Download…)

Coalition Warns Legislature Not to End Same Day Voting

May 27, 2011 - A diverse coalition of advocates for seniors, students, and women have a special Memorial Day weekend message for lawmakers: Leave Maine’s voting laws alone. The Maine House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Tuesday on a proposal, sponsored by Speaker of the House Robert Nutting and Secretary of State Charles Summers, that would eliminate same day voter registration (or Election Day voter registration). The vote is expected to be extremely close. ( Download…)

Put Focus Where It’s Needed

May 19, 2011 - “Last night the Maine House passed an amended version of L.D. 516, a roll back on teen work hour protections. The bill increases the hours teens can work on a school day to 6; to 24 hours during a school week; and limits them to working until 10:15 p.m. on a school night. This is a significant improvement over the initial bill that, as written, would have removed all hourly protections for teen workers. ( Download…)

Diverse Group Gathers to Warn of Bill’s Unintended Consequences

May 18 2011 - Today, the day after the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety endorsed L.D. 1463, or “An Act Regarding Offenses against an Unborn Child,” individuals representing domestic violence victims, attorneys, and health practitioners will call upon Maine lawmakers to uphold current Maine law and reject L.D. 1463. ( Download…)

Senate to Vote on Roll Back of Child Labor Laws

May 9, 2011 - Last Friday, members of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee responded to overwhelming opposition, state and national media attention, and pressure from teens, parents, and educators, by voting unanimously to kill L.D. 1346, An Act to Enhance Access to the Workplace for Minors. This bill that would have repealed all hourly protections for 16 and 17 year-old workers and would have instituted a training wage of only $5.25 for any worker under the age of 20. ( Download…)

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee Votes to Put Learning First, Working Second

May 6, 2011 - “Today in Augusta, members of the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee voted ought not to pass on a bill that would have rolled back decades of bipartisan support for child labor protections. The Maine Women’s Lobby lauds their decision – for Maine teens – and Maine’s economy. ( Download…)

L.D. 1333: Bad for Women. Bad for Maine

May 5, 2011 - Today the Maine Women’s Lobby joined public health, consumer protection and citizen advocacy organizations in voicing opposition to L.D. 1333, a heavily-amended insurance reform bill that bypassed public input and could receive a vote in the House as early as today. ( Download…)

Maine Women’s Lobby Activists Gather in Augusta to Oppose Anti-Choice Bills

May 3, 2011 - Today the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary will hear three anti-abortion bills. Although the hearing is scheduled for 1pm, by noon the committee room was filled with pro-choice activists dressed in pink. The committee will be hearing L.D. 116, “An Act To Require a 24-hour Waiting Period prior to an Abortion,” L.D. 924, “An Act To Educate Women on the Medical Risks Associated with Abortion,” L.D. 1457, “An Act To Strengthen the Consent Laws for Abortions Performed on Minors and Incapacitated Persons.” These three bills represent the latest attack on reproductive freedom and attempt to insert law-makers into the most private of a woman’s decisions – the decision of when and if to bear children. ( Download…)

Roll-Back Agenda Meets Resistance in Augusta

April 15, 2011 - Members of the Maine Women’s Lobby joined dozens of people from around the state to voice opposition to bills that would undermine basic workplace protections for Maine people. ( Download…)

New Bill Would Gut Child Labor Protections

March 29, 2011 - Shortly after lawmakers in the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee voted to roll back work hour protections for teen workers, another bill was introduced that would go even farther. “L.D. 1346 constitutes an unprecedented roll back of Maine’s child labor laws. It would put the future of Maine’s young women and men at risk,” said Sarah Standiford, Executive Director of the Maine Women’s Lobby. ( Download…)

Committee Split on Whether to Gut Child Labor Protections

March 25, 2011 - Today lawmakers in the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee split 6-6 on whether to roll back child labor protections. One committee member was absent. The latest amendment to L.D. 516 would permit employers to schedule teen workers up to 24 hours during the school week, up to six hours on a school day and keep them working until 11 o’clock on a school night. ( Download…)



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