Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland) Addresses House on Emergency Bill, LD 576
Link here to LD 576, An Act to “Resolve, To Protect Concealed Handgun Permit Information on a Temporary Basis”, sponsored by Asst Majority Leader Senator Troy Jackson, Asst House Majority Leader Representative Jeff McCabe, Minority Leader Senator Mike Thibodeau, House Minority Leader Ken Fredette and Asst House Minority Leader Alex Willette.
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House,
I would like to point out for the record that we are voting on a bill today that would limit the public’s right to know- and we are doing so, without a public hearing.
This is a bad public process precisely because there has not been a public process.
I also wanted an opportunity to allow the public to weigh in on this, and as Representative Brooks stated, it is the part I staunchly oppose.
I will vote for the 60 days today, but I’d like the record to show that this is not a good process.
We are much better than this.”