There are multiple ways you can influence the outcome of a bill in Maine’s Legislature.
The most powerful way is to appear in person before a legislative committee and speak about a bill. Our Legislative Alerts (sign up here) will provide the date, time, and place when committees are hearing the highest priority bills that affect Maine’s lakes.
While testifying in person can seem overwhelming, we can assure you that legislators are friendly and the atmosphere in the committee rooms is almost always congenial and welcoming. Legislators listen to a lot of lobbyists, but they really like to hear from “regular” people who are passionate about a bill. For directions to the capitol and tips on writing and delivering testimony, click here.
If your legislator is on the committee, writing a letter is another great way to share your thoughts on a particular bill. Our Legislative Alerts will provide a list of Committee Members for a particular bill, or you can see Committee assignments here: website. If you don’t have a legislator on the committee, send written letters in care of the Committee Clerk, and he or she will deliver it to all Committee Members. Addresses are:
- House of Representatives, 2 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0002
- Maine State Senate, 3 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0003
Another way to influence a bill is to call your legislator, or meet with them face-to-face.
HOW TO FIND YOUR LEGISLATURE:
- Find your State Senator
- Find your State Representative
- Map of Maine’s 35 Senate Districts
- Map of Maine’s 151 House Districts
- Sign up for our Legislative Alerts to receive periodic notices about advocacy opportunities.
- Learn more about current advocacy opportunities here.
- Find your State Senator here.
Find your State Representative here.