LD 850
Session - 128th Maine Legislature
C "B", Filing Number H-182, Sponsored by
LR 43
Item 3
Bill Tracking, Additional Documents Chamber Status

Amend the bill by striking out all of section 1 and inserting the following:

Sec. 1. 3 MRSA c. 22  is enacted to read:



§ 491 Requirement to provide truthful testimony

1 Definitions.   As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A "Legislative committee" means a committee, subcommittee or joint or select committee of the Legislature or any special committee or commission, by whatever name, established by the Legislature to make recommendations for legislative action or to develop legislation, when convened for a hearing, work session or other official purpose.
B "Lobbyist" has the same meaning as defined in section 312-A, subsection 10;
C "Lobbyist associate" has the same meaning as defined in section 312-A, subsection 10-A;
D "Testimony" means information, provided either in person or by other means, and includes information provided orally, in writing or by other means of communication.
2 Testimony.   A lobbyist or lobbyist associate who provides testimony to a legislative committee may not:
A Purposely provide false testimony regarding a material fact pertaining to that lobbyist or lobbyist associate's testimony;
B Purposely falsify any testimony; or
C Purposely omit or conceal a material fact related to the testimony.
3 Penalty.   A lobbyist or lobbyist associate who violates subsection 2 commits a Class E crime.
4 Suspension.   The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices may suspend a lobbyist or lobbyist associate who violates subsection 2 from further lobbying before the Legislature for a period of up to 2 years, in addition to any penalty imposed pursuant to subsection 3.


This amendment is a minority report of the committee. The amendment removes the provision of the bill that allows a member of a legislative committee to place a person providing testimony under oath.

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