at home in maine, part 2

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“I’m just a bill, yes, I’m only a bill…(Schoolhouse Rocks)”

This film presents a narrative of the “life” of LD 2253 (formerly LD 1827), “An Act to License Certified Professional Midwives.”  In 2007, a group of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) formed a special interest group, Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives (MACPM) with the aim of pursuing title licensure in the state of Maine.

The film focuses on some of the key players in the legislative effort, including the bill’s proponents, MACPM, the bill’s sponsors in the legislature and lobbyists representing MACPM.  Opposition to the bill, namely, the Maine Medical Association (MMA) and the ensuing tensions arising between the proponents and opponents is also a focal point of this piece.

The narrative begins in early 2008, when the bill came back into the committee it first emerged from, the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development (BRED).

From proponent lobbying at the State House and committee meetings though participant interviews and House floor debates, this film reveals the significance of the bill to license CPMs, making visible the people, the politics and the policy of the legislative process.

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