Get Involved - Legislation
The Autism Society of Maine believes that people affected by autism are full citizens and full participants in an open democratic society. All people with autism have the right
to advocate for themselves at all levels of government. ASM monitors legislation in the Maine Legislature and disseminates e-mail alerts on pending priority state legislation
that might impact those with autism. We perform advocacy through the work of our volunteer Board of Directors and community members. Working with the national Autism Society,
we also maintain a strong voice on Capitol Hill to shape federal policy that provides benefits, supports, and services across the lifespan for all affected by autism.
Final Report on Bills of interest to ASM in the 127th Legislature
The Second Regular Session of the 127th Maine Legislature has convened. The Board of the Autism Society of Maine will follow bills during this legislative session that affect
individuals on the Autism spectrum and that we believe may be of interest to our members. We will provide Legislative Alerts to make sure that you are aware of the bills we are
following that are scheduled for a Public Hearing or a Work Session.
ASM Legislative Tracking Sheet
Testimonies and Comments by ASM:
Proposed Rule Change: Behavioral Regulations Governing Behavioral Supports, Modification and Management
for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Maine
Proposed Rule Change: Section 17: Mainecare Benefits Manual, Community Supports Manual
Proposed Rule Change: Section 21: Home and Community Benefits for Members with Intellectual Disabilities.
LD 1421: An Act to Establish a a Tax-Free Savings Program for Individuals with Disabilities
Public Hearing Testimonies for all Bills
Our Legislative Liaison is available to answer any questions and can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on legislature and all current bills, visit the State of Maine Legislature website.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Keeping all Students Safe Act (KASSA) Fact Sheet
Long Term Services and Supports Issue: (MEDICAID) Fact Sheet
Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Fact Sheet
Bipartisan Congressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus Fact Sheet
Stay connected to what is going on at the national level in our federal government with Autism Society.
Becoming Involved - Legislative Participation Sign-Up
If you would like to join ASM's community participation in legislative activities, sign-up to receive legislataive e-mail alerts: here, enter your e-mail address into the sign-up box, and
include "Legislative" in your interest profile. You may also fill out this form and mail it to us to identify the type of legislative activities in which you would like to become more involved.
The Legislative Process and Tips on How to Make Your Voice Heard
The State of Maine Legislature Website
For information on our legislature and all current bills, visit the State of Maine Legislature website.
How to Find out About Important Issues
A big part of finding information is knowing where to look. Let us help with a guide to staying informed.
The 10 Steps to How a Bill Becomes a Law
It's is important to understand how our Maine's legislation works, the timeframes and requirements. In this article, we explain the process that each bill must take to become a law.
What you Should Know About a Legislative Document
An annotated document indicating the various components of a Legislative Document. Presented as an image file.
Testifying at Hearings: The Be's
A simple list of things to remember when testifying at a hearing.
Writing Letters to Legislators: Do's and Don'ts
This list of recommendations will help you write a better, clearer letter when you contact your legislators.