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State Proposes New Rules for Community Action Agencies 

Community Action Agencies help thousands of people in towns across the state.Much of the funding comes from the state, therefore strict accounting and auditing practices have been put in place to track how the money is used.Recently the state has put forth a proposal to adopt new rules but the people who run non-profits say some of the changes don’t add up.Today, a public hearing was held in Augusta to discuss the changes.DHHS has stated that the “Maine Uniform Accounting and Auditing Practices for Community Agencies”, also referred to as MAAP regulations, needed to be updated to be more in line with federal rules.Many agree that the new rules may save agencies and taxpayers money. If accepted the new laws would go into effect retroactive to July 1st.But many who have to deal with it say that won’t work.In the past the state has looked for input from the MAAP advisory board before new rules have been adopted.Members of the board say it’s concerning they were not part of the process this time around.TV5 was told by a member from the auditing division at DHHS that the public can still comment until August 28th.