4/6/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
A bill establishing penalties for Maine Harboring Havens was reported out of committee Friday.
The bill is now on the House calendar for Monday, April 9th. However, that doesn’t guarantee a floor vote Monday, as Speaker Gideon could still decide to table the bill.
LD 1833, An Act to Facilitate Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities, would fine any municipality harboring illegal aliens $500 daily. That would add up to $182,500 annually if cities like Portland don’t drop their harboring status.
The Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary initially voted on the Harboring Havens Penalty bill back on March 20th, with a full house vote widely expected two days later.
However, the bill remained held up in committee awaiting a fiscal note.
The fiscal note has been assigned. It warns of associated costs from lawsuits being filed against the law, should it pass. The fiscal note also says those costs will be offset by the filing fees.
LD 1833 is a Governor’s bill, sponsored by Maine-First Representative Larry Lockman of Amherst.
Rep. Lockman introduced a similar bill last year as well. However, the bill was voted down in both bodies of the legislature. The Republican-controlled Senate voted against the Harboring Havens penalties 22-13 (click here to see the roll call). Meanwhile, the Democrat-led House voted 77-59 against the bill (click here to see the roll call).
Rep. Lockman says he’d prefer defunding Harboring Havens entirely — and if the $500 daily fine doesn’t get the job done, he’ll introduce legislation doing exactly that.
Maine First Project President, Rep. Lockman also said he supports legislation holding politicians who enable Harboring Havens criminally liable for any of the crimes illegals in the Harboring Haven commit.
Maine First Project is circulating a petition in support of LD 1833 and fining Harboring Havens. You can click here if you’d like to sign the petition.
Maine First Media will continue to follow this important bill as it makes its way through the legislature.