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State Director Testifies in Support of Increased Control Over Local Education

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine

To Members of the Education and Cultural Services Committee
Regarding L.D. #1416, “An Act to Amend High School Diploma Standards”

April 27, 2017

Chairmen Senator Langley, Representative Kornfield and distinguished members of the Education and Cultural Services Committee, I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

CWA of Maine supports L.D. #1416, An Act to Amend High School Diploma Standards.

Concerned Women for America is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation and supports parents battling insidious federal overreach in education.

Because this bill allows local districts to determine the courses needed for a diploma and what is expected to earn a credit, we believe it takes a giant step forward in our education priority.  Local control is needed in public education to meet the needs of individual localities and students, and a “one size fits all” approach to education isn’t workable as we have observed since Common Core and Proficiency Based Education standards have been introduced.

We urge this committee to unanimously support L.D. #1416.

Take a Stand Today to Protect the Citizens of Maine From Cities that do not Uphold the Law!

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Last Thursday CWA of Maine testified in favor of L.D. #366 before the Judiciary Committee.  L.D. #366 is an excellent bill introduced by Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst), “An Act to Ensure Compliance with Federal Immigration Law and Local Government Entities.”  Rep. Lockman thanked CWA of Maine publicly for testifying in favor of the bill and said we were the “only Maine-based conservative force” besides his, New England Opportunity Project (NEOP), fighting to end Harboring Havens.

This Wednesday the Judiciary Committee will vote on L.D. #366.

Many open-borders organizations and the ACLU of Maine, along with unruly protestors, opponents of the bill, didn’t play by the rules given by Chairman Matt Moonen (D-Portland) at the beginning of the hearing.  Everyone was instructed to be respectful of the views of others and not make gestures or noises during testimonies.  We who testified in favor of L.D. #366 provided reasonable and precise testimony for why we need this law.  Opponents slandered and used name-calling in their testimony because they had no logical reasons for their position.

Take Action: That said, I am asking all CWA of Maine members to contact members of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee and let them know you are in favor of L.D. #366.  (That is if you did not have a change to do so last week in response to our e-alert on this matter.)  The committee will vote on this bill this Wednesday 1:00 p.m. so it’s extremely urgent you do this right away.  Please use the following links to contact each committee member:

[email protected]
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Please Pray With Me: “Father, I ask that every member of our organization answer the call and contact members of the Judiciary Committee in favor of L.D. #366 and that You will get all the glory for our efforts You have inspired.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

In a recent e-mail to subscribers Rep. Lockman stated:

“Harboring Havens — like Portland — handcuff our local law enforcement agencies and act as a magnet attracting more illegal immigrants to the Pine Tree State.

“The fact is Harboring Havens put the safety of Maine families and our economic well-being in jeopardy! LD 366 would protect Maine people from violent criminal illegals who have settled in Maine over the past decade.

“Any Maine municipality harboring illegals will lose all state funding!”

Our legislature needs to hear from YOU right away.  Please stand with Rep. Lawrence Lockman, NEOP and CWA of Maine to stop this crime in our state by supporting L.D. #366.

Thank you and God bless.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

CWA of Maine Supports Victims Bill of Rights

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CWA of Maine supports LD 1168, “RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Victims’ Bill of Rights”.  This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to enact a Victims’ Bill of Rights, designed to ensure specific rights for victims of crime. The purpose of this resolution is to place into the Constitution of Maine various rights regarding notification of public proceedings at which the victim has a right to be heard, the right to confer with the prosecution and the right to prompt and full restitution. This resolution requires a court to grant a request by the victim to enforce the rights of the victim and to provide a remedy for violations of the victim’s rights, including the appeal of a sentence.

The following information was provided to CWA by Marsy’s Law for Maine.  CWA of Maine supports LD 1168 and supports the efforts of Marsy’s Law for Maine.

Maine is one of a handful of states without constitutional protections for victims of crime. Marsy’s Law for Maine seeks to change that by amending Maine’s Constitution to provide crime victims with strong and enforceable rights that are equal to those of the accused and convicted.

All of us at Marsy’s Law for Maine are excited to be working together with the members of Concerned Women for America of Maine to put into place common-sense, constitutional protections that crime victims and families deserve. We write today to ask for your help and support in passing this critical constitutional amendment.

In order for Marsy’s Law to become a reality in Maine, our bill must be approved with a two-thirds (2/3) majority in the Maine House of Representatives and in the Maine Senate. Once approved by the super majority in the Legislature, the question will then appear on the ballot.

There’s a lot of work to be done. That’s why we are asking you, your family and your friends to join us in this effort. If you want to help make a difference go to our website and sign up to volunteer today.

We are looking for individuals who would be willing to testify in support of our bill, LD 1168, at the upcoming public hearing in front of the Criminal Justice Public Safety committee in early May. If you have a personal story to tell, or if you simply want to show your support for LD 1168, please contact Lauren LePage by email at [email protected], or by phone at 207-509-5698.

If you are unable to join us at the public hearing, but would still like to get involved with this effort, contact me at [email protected] or 207-619-3188, or visit our website and fill out our volunteer form. In the coming weeks and months, we will be contacting legislators and voters, writing letters to the editor and so much more.

According to FBI statistics, more than 1,700 violent crimes were committed in Maine in 2013, the most recent year for which those statistics are available. For a state like ours, with a relatively small population and a make-up of mostly small and close-knit communities, the impact of violent crime is felt far and wide. As someone who has been affected by a violent crime, I am sure this has meaning to you. I know it does for me, as a 5th generation Mainer, and I believe it is time for Maine to become a state where crime victims’ rights are elevated so they are equal to those who are accused or convicted of crimes like rape, murder and assault.

I am honored to lead this statewide, bipartisan coalition, and look forward to working with you to help Maine crime victims gain the equal legal standing they deserve.

Cordially,

Christopher Quint, State Director
Marsy’s Law for Maine
207-619-3188 (Office)
207-232-6470 (Cell)
[email protected]

Thank you in advance for your diligence in this matter.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

State Director Testifies in Support of Good Immigration Law that Protects Our Citizens

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine
 
To Members of the Judiciary Committee

Regarding L.D. #366, “An Act To Ensure Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities”

April 20, 2017

Chairmen Sen. Keim, Rep. Moonen and members of the Judiciary Committee, I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.  CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation.

CWA of Maine supports L.D.  #366.

We have many government agencies to protect us; however, they aren’t talking with each other, and that has created a lack of information needed by each agency to carry out their duties adequately.  We have some states and cities who are declaring themselves to be “sanctuary,” completely disregarding the rule of law.  Portland, Maine, is one of those cities. We must protect Americans first.

We must not forget that the terrorists who hijacked planes on 9/11 came into Maine across our border with Canada illegally.

A growing popular concept these days is to think globally.  This is fine, as long as it doesn’t compromise our sovereignty as both a state and nation. Concerned Women for America has chosen not to get down in “the weeds” of the immigration issue.  But our stand for years has been that we should enforce the law and we should secure our borders.  This legislation helps to move us forward on at least one of those points.

Maine should join with other states who have already implemented this law and the many who are in the process of doing so.

We urge this committee to vote “Ought To Pass” on L.D. #366.

 

Support Good Immigration Law In Maine

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Concerned Women for America of Maine is asking members to come to the state capitol and support LD# 366, “An Act to Ensure Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities”

Thursday, April 20, the Committee on Judiciary will host a hearing at 1:00 p.m. in the Capitol, Room 438.  LD #366 puts an end to “sanctuary” cities or towns in Maine which are against the rule of law.  Portland will no longer get away with such disregard for the law.  We must protect Americans first!  I will be testifying on behalf of CWA of Maine in support of this bill.  A special thanks to Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) for introducing this bill.

Take Action:

  • Please make every effort to attend this hearing and bring others with you. If you wish to speak to the committee regarding your position, that’s wonderful.  If you prefer to just attend in support, that is fine, also.  We want lawmakers to realize Maine citizens care deeply about this issue and that Maine is a border state, and, therefore, must be protected from illegal immigration.
  • If you can’t come to Augusta, you can still make a difference in the outcome of this bill. Please contact each member of the Judiciary Committee to voice your support by telephone and/or e-mail.  If a committee member doesn’t list a phone number, you can call the committee clerk.  Her contact information is at the end of the list.  The members of the Judiciary Committee may be reached here:

Sen. Lisa Keim – of Oxford- Chair
R – Senate District 18
1505 Main Street
Dixfield, ME 04224
Phone: N/A, e-mail:
[email protected]

 Sen. Dawn Hill – of York- Chair
D – Senate District 35
124 Pine Hill Rd
Cape Neddick, ME 03902
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Sen. Rodney Whittemore – of Somerset- Chair
R – Senate District 3
PO Box 96
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Matthew Moonen – of Portland- Chair
D – House District 38
165 Neal St, Apt 1F
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Christopher Babbidge – of Kennebunk- Chair
D – House District 8
84 Stratford Place
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: 207-985-3332, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Donna Bailey – of Saco- Chair
D – House District 14
7 Scrimshaw Lane
Saco, ME 04072
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Richard Bradstreet – of Vassalboro- Chair
R – House District 80
44 Harmony Lane
Vassalboro, ME 04989
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Barbara Cardone – of Bangor- Chair
D – House District 127
39 Harthorn Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Stacey Guerin – of Glenburn- Chair
R – House District 102
79 Phillips Road
Glenburn, ME 04401
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Chris Johansen – of Monticello- Chair
R – House District 145
462 Fletcher Road
Monticello, ME 04760
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Joyce McCreight – of Harpswell- Chair
D – House District 51
155 Gun Point Road
Harpswell, ME 04079
Phone: 2074493293, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Lois Reckitt – of South Portland- Chair
D – House District 31
38 Myrtle Avenue
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Roger Sherman – of Hodgdon- Chair
R – House District 144
P.O. Box 682
Houlton, ME 04730
Phone: 207-532-7073, e-mail: [email protected]

You may also reach the Judiciary Committee clerk:
Susan Pinette – – Chair Committee Clerk
Phone: 287-1692, e-mail: [email protected]

I look forward to seeing you April 20 in Augusta or to hear from you that you have contacted members of the Judiciary in favor of LD #366.  Thank you for making a difference in Maine law.

Please pray with me: Father, we ask for victory on L.D. #366 by our lawmakers in the 128th Maine Legislature.  In Jesus’ Name we ask it.  Amen.

For Him,

Penny Morrell

State Director
CWA of Maine
864 Manchester Rd
Belgrade, ME  04917
(207) 465-6015
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

State Director Testifies in Opposition to an Assisted Suicide Bill, L.D. #347 – Lays out Myths vs. Facts

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine
 

To Members of the Health and Human Services Committee
Regarding L.D. #347, An Act to Support Death with Dignity”

April 5, 2017

Chairs Senator Brakey and Representative Hymanson, and distinguished members of the Health and Human Services Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on this legislation.  I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.

I would like to start my testimony by challenging section 12, “statutory construction.”  The statement that this action may not be construed to constitute assisted suicide is ludicrous.  It’s like fake news.  Just because it’s said, doesn’t make it true.  This bill is assisted suicide, plain and simple.  That said, I will address my testimony on that premise and request this committee vote L.D. #347 “Ought Not to Pass”.

Myths vs. facts:

  1. Myth: Assisted suicide offers patients more choicesFact: Lethal medications, estimated to cost approximately $300, are far cheaper than most drugs used to treat chronic, terminal, or serious illness.  Profit-driven insurance companies push patients toward their only affordable option.
  2. Myth: Assisted suicide protects patient dignity. Fact: Oregon, the first to legalize, reports that individuals choose it because of a disability such as loss of autonomy, loss of enjoyable life activities and loss of dignity.
  3. Myth: Assisted suicide is necessary to address unresponsive pain. Fact: Oregon reports that reasons have nothing to do with pain management, and is one of the least cited reasons.  Doctors have a range of treatment options including even palliative sedation as a last resort.  Ted Kennedy’s widow testified that any deficiencies in U.S. palliative care should be addressed by improving the system instead of killing the sufferer.
  4. Myth: Assisted suicide is restricted to the terminally ill. Fact: Language in the bill applies to patients with incurable, irreversible diseases that, if left untreated, could lead to death in six months. Under this definition, patients with diabetes and/or certain thyroid conditions would be eligible, yet with care, these conditions are not fatal.
  5. Myth: Doctors can identify patients with less than six months to live. Fact: This is false, and the legislation doesn’t require experienced doctors to determine if a patient is eligible to be put to death.  Oregon reports that the physician only worked with the patient an average of 12 weeks, and in extreme cases, for a week.  Oregon also reports that one patient took the medication nearly three years after making the initial request; therefore, the doctor could not have accurately determined the 6-month prognosis.
  6. Myth: Legal requirements in assisted suicide laws provide patients adequate protection. Fact: There is no mechanism for discovering malpractice or failure to comply with the rules.  There is no oversight either.  Oregon said they were not given the resources or legal authority to investigate or insert themselves.  There are not sufficient safeguards against coercion and elder abuse.  Because any doctor can write a lethal prescription, an abuser can “doctor shop” until they find a provider willing to assist them in killing their victim.  Witness(es) requirements are lax.  A witness may be able to benefit financially from the patient’s decease, or the witness(es) are not required to have any prior relationship with the patient.  Neither witness is in a position to assert that the patient acts voluntarily, and in addition, no witnesses are required at the time of the death, so voluntary death is impossible to prove.  In states where it is legal, the law allows doctors to voluntarily self-report participation and compliance.  Oregon destroys the records after issuing its annual report.

CWA of Maine urges this committee to vote L.D. #347, “Ought Not to Pass.”

Discourage Sex Trafficking

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As the State Director of CWA of Maine I submitted written testimony today to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee regarding L.D. #250, “An Act to Increase the Penalty for Aggravated Sex Trafficking”.

Human trafficking and commercial sex exploitation are a violation of human rights and a form of sexual violence. It’s way past time to get tough on this heinous behavior going on in our state and nation.  Government’s priority is to protect the lives of innocent citizens.  We believe increasing the penalty for such acts of aggravated sex trafficking will take a giant step in doing just that.

Take Action: Please contact the members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and ask them to support this legislation.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. For talking points, please read my written testimony.

Committee members:
Sen. Kimberley Rosen – – Chair: 207-287-1122 / [email protected]
Sen. Scott Cyrway – Chair: [email protected]
Sen. Bill Diamond- – Chair: [email protected]
Rep. Charlotte Warren – – Chair: [email protected]
Rep. Patrick Corey- – Chair: [email protected]
Rep. Karen Gerrish- – Chair: [email protected]
Rep. Martin Grohman: [email protected]
Rep. Lloyd Herrick- – Chair: [email protected]
Rep. Donald Marean- – Chair: [email protected]
Rep. Thomas Longstaff- – Chair: [email protected]
Rep. Catherine Nadeau- – Chair: [email protected]
Rep. Lois Reckitt- – Chair: [email protected]
Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross: [email protected]

Please Pray: May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, Oh Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer.  Pray this bill becomes law to punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime and discourage further acts moving forward.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

State Director Submits Written Testimony to Committee Concerning Sex Trafficking

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Statement by Penelope A. Morrell, State Director, Concerned Women for America of Maine
To Members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Regarding L.D. #250, “An Act to Increase the Penalty for Aggravated Sex Trafficking”
March 22, 2017

Chairs Sen. Rosen and Rep. Warren, and distinguished members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony on this legislation. I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.  CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation.

CWA of Maine supports L.D. #250.

Human trafficking and commercial sex exploitation are a violation of human rights and a form of sexual violence. It can happen to U.S. citizens and to non-citizens and to people of any gender, class, age, culture or race. Human trafficking is the act of compelling someone into labor (including commercial sex work) through force, fraud or coercion, for economic gain of a trafficker. Any minor in commercial sex work is a victim of human trafficking.

Here are some statistics taken from the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

  • Prevalence of sex trafficking in Maine ranges between 200 and 300 cases annually.
  • The National Human Trafficking Hotline has reported over 311 calls from Maine since 2007 with 53 cases of trafficking identified.
  • Sexual assault support centers from every area of Maine report serving victims of sex trafficking and commercial sex exploitation.
  • Between 70-90% of commercially sexually exploited youth are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

It’s way past time to get tough on this heinous behavior going on in our state and nation.  Government’s priority is to protect the lives of innocent citizens.  We believe increasing the penalty for such acts of aggravated sex trafficking will take a giant step in doing just that.

We urge this committee to vote “ought to pass”.   Thank you.