Maine House to Vote on Transparency

House Republicans oppose chilling rule change – support transparency in the conduct of public business

STATEHOUSE – Maine House Republicans plan to oppose a move to amend House Rules that currently allow members to be photographed or videotaped during public session debate on the House floor. The proposed amendment would prohibit members from photographing or videotaping other members of the House during deliberations. The House Committee on House Rules voted 3-2 on January 16, 2019 to send the proposed change to the full House. Assistant House Republican Leader Trey Stewart (R-Presque Isle) and Rep. Joel R. Stetkis (R-Canaan) voted against the proposal.

“House Republicans support transparency in the conduct of public business,” said Assistant House Republican Leader Trey Stewart. “Floor speeches are a matter of public record. This is a proposal to limit the record when it comes to photographs and video of members conducting public business in the ‘People’s House.’”

“The media is already allowed to film and photograph House business,” said Stetkis. “The proposed rule change will prevent members and by extension the public, from recording business when the media is not there, or if official business is conducted at night.”

COMMITTEE AMENDMENT “A” to H.O. 9, “House Order, To Amend House Rule 401” was tabled in the Maine House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. It can be taken up and voted on as early as Thursday, January 24, the next scheduled session. .

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Contact: John Bott
Office: (207) 287-2919
John.bott@legislature.maine.gov

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