After months of grassroots organizing and lobbying by Maine Fair Trade Campaign members and affiliate organizations, Governor John Baldacci signed the Maine Jobs, Trade and Democracy Act
into law on Monday May 10, 2004. The legislation received full funding from the Appropriations Committee.
The legislation creates a 22
member commission which will monitor the impacts of trade agreements on Maine’s economy and democracy. The commission began its work in August 2004. The Citizen Trade Policy Commission hearings are accessible.
This legislative success is a tremendous grassroots victory for the people of Maine. Hundreds of people made phone calls, lobbied their legislators, wrote letters, testified, came to Augusta, and organized in their communities. All of this work made the difference. We could not have passed this legislation and won full funding without everyone’s effort.
We will keep you updated as the commission continues
its important work.
If you have any questions about the commission or its work please contact Sarah Bigney
, (207) 777-6387.