While my bill, LD 1491 An Act To Allow Trained, Nonmedical Employees in Schools To Administer Emergency Medications, was voted down today in committee, I believe we've achieved several things.
Together with the Epilepsy Foundation, we've elevated the issue with the public and at the State House. We stood up for the families that have children with epilepsy. We fought for a consistent policy across the state in saving a child's life over unneeded and often confusing red tape.
And, the discussion about ousting elected officials might not be over. Democratic Rep. Justin Chenette of Saco is proposing a bill to establish a recall process in Maine, which would allow voters to pull a governor or lawmaker out from under the dome. The bill requires approval of the bipartisan Legislative Council before it can be introduced, which could be a tough climb given that the second year of each legislative session normally is reserved for budget tweaks and emergencies.
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AUGUSTA – Rep. Justin Chenette has submitted an after-deadline bill to establish a recall process for elected officials.
“I was surprised to learn that the state of Maine has no process to recall an elected official if that person has misused the office or neglected their duties,” said Chenette, D-Saco.
If allowed in by Legislative Council, the bill would include language to clarify the grounds for a recall petition, including a process for recalling the position of the governor.
“Establishing a recall process for any elected official, the governor included, is the best way to get the public to hold government more accountable without disrupting the important work taking place,” Chenette said.