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LD 1833: "An Act To Facilitate Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities"
This bill is nearly identical to last session's "anti-sanctuary city" bill. It would force local police officers to act as immigration agents and support the Trump administration's out-of-control deportation efforts.
UPDATE: The Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 "Ought Not to Pass" on this bill. It now goes to the House and Senate for votes.
TAKE ACTION: Call your legislators and tell them to vote NO on LD 1833.
- So-called "anti-sanctuary city" bills make immigrants feel scared and unwelcome.
- They compromise the ability of law enforcement to do their jobs, and they undermine the Constitution by promoting racial profiling and unlawful detention.
- Local governments should not be forced to choose between their budgets and the safety and constitutional rights of their residents.
This bill prohibits companies that provide broadband internet service in Maine from selling or otherwise sharing customers’ personal information except in limited circumstances or with the customer’s express consent. It requires internet providers to take reasonable measures to protect customers’ personal information from unauthorized access.
UPDATE: The Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee will vote on this bill soon.
- Using the Internet is no longer just a luxury that we can opt out of – it’s a necessity for everything from work to school to paying bills. No one should have to choose between using the Internet and protecting their privacy.
- Our internet providers know more about us than most of our friends and family. This information should not be for sale to the highest bidder.
- Unfortunately, federal lawmakers have always put corporate profits over consumer privacy. Now it’s up to the states to protect their residents.
Gov. LePage has introduced yet another bill to force Mainers to show photo ID at the polls. Previous attempts to do so failed in the last two regular sessions of the Legislature. The bill would to require people to present photo ID at the polls in order to vote. 21 million Americans lack the government-issued photo identification needed under this bill; many of them cannot afford to pay for the documents required to secure one. Voter ID laws disproportionately affect poor people, people in rural communities, people of color and the elderly.