MAINE: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKING FAMILIES MEETING

Maine flag Since 2003, the NCSL/AECF Partnership on Family Economic Success has held a yearly meeting to give lawmakers a chance to convene with their colleagues and discuss solutions to the challenges faced by low-income working families. Legislative leadership from 10 states send small teams of legislators to the forum. Participants hear from leading experts and practitioners and develop an action plan that is relevant to their state.

Read Maine's state action plans below including a list of attending legislators, priorities areas and legislative action by meeting participants related to their working families policy goals.

History of Participation

Maine has participated twice in the working families meeting. Here are the state action plans for Maine and a list of team members who have participated in our meeting since 2003.

List of State Team Members from All Years

State Action Plans

2010
2009

All Maine State Action Plans and Participants 

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Legislative Action by Year

The following legislative actions were taken by team members in relation to their action plan. Legislative actions include follow up meetings with key stakeholders, constituent meetings and newsletters, statutory enactments and resolutions, appropriations, and the creation of legislative working groups.

  • 2010 - The Bank on Maine Working Group released " Save and Protect Your Money“ a brochure which encourages people to learn why a low or no-cost account could help them to save and safeguard their money.
  • ME SB 645 (2009) - Amends the laws governing raffles to allow any Maine-chartered bank or credit union, to conduct a savings promotion raffle. Provides that the sole consideration required for a chance of winning the designated prizes in the raffle is the deposit of at least a specified amount of money into a savings account or other savings program offered by the Maine-chartered financial institution. Provides that the savings account must have a comparable interest rate and prize costs do not exceed a certain amount.

  • ME SB 614 (2009) - Directs the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to establish, within existing budgeted resources, the Bank on ME Working Group, to be composed of municipal officials and representatives of state and federal financial institutions, community organizations and state agencies to develop and implement collaborative voluntary initiatives that increase the financial stability of low-income families in the State by increasing awareness of and access to basic financial services.