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June 24, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die; Major Bills Pass in the Waning Hours
Vaccine Law Opponents Seek "People's Veto"
Ronan New Head of MHA Board
MaineCare Enrollment Far Below Expectations
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
Suicide Rates Increase Among US Teens
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, ECHO Program
2019 Governor Mills Response to the Opioid Summit - July 15th
ACU Annual Conference is taking place in Washington, DC from July 28th-31st
2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award Nominations Due by July 31
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Physician
Nurse Practitioner
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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Vaccine Law Opponents Seek "People's Veto"

Three legislators, a religious lobbyist, and two witnesses who testified to the Education Committee have filed an application for a people's veto referendum seeking to overturn Maine's new vaccine exemption law. Senator David Miramant (D-Knox), Rep. Heidi Sampson (R-Alfred), and Rep. Justin Fecteau (R-Augusta) joined Christian Civic League lobbyist Michael McClellan and two individuals who testified against LD 798, Rebecca Grant-Widen of Wilton and Sarah Kenney of Orono in submitting the application.

The Secretary of State's office will determine the language to be used on the petitions for referendum. The applicants need to gather over 63,000 valid signatures of registered Maine voters in order to place the question on the ballot this November.

The Christian Civic League apparently is planning to seek the same type of referendum with regard to the "Death with Dignity" law and another which will provide state funding for Medicaid patients having an abortion.

MMA physicians are urged to watch the immunization situation carefully, to talk with your neighbors about it, and most of all to vote if the question makes it onto the ballot in November. This being an off year, with no national, statewide, or legislative races on the ballot, a small but determined group like this could overcome the will of a majority of Mainers if that majority does not vote.

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