What You Need to Know About the Latest Coronavirus Bill

On Wednesday, March 10th the House of Representatives gave final approval to a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill by a near party-line vote of 220-211. One Democrat, Jared Golden of Maine, voted with Republicans against the bill. The 628-page bill, which Democrats...

FMCSA EXTENDS EMERGENCY DECLARATION TO MAY 31

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended its Emergency Declaration related to the COVID-19 national emergency through May 31, 2021. Under the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief...

Governor Mills Administration Ends Early Business Closing Time

Governor Janet Mills announced that she will end the 9:00 p.m. early closing time for businesses, effective today, Monday, February 1, 2021. The decision is the result of Maine’s improving public health metrics, including a decrease in Maine’s positivity rate and new...

Public Hearing and Work Session Guidelines for Participation

Due to COVID-19 and the fact that the process for testifying and participating through the legislative process this year looks differently the Maine Legislature released guidelines for public participation in the legislative process for both public hearings and work...

Senate President and Speaker of the House Unveil LD 1 Monday

Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Ryan Fecteau announced the first bill for the 130th Maine Legislature on Monday morning during a press conference. LD 1 would create a COVID-19 patients bill of rights. The proposal will be the first bill of the...

Maine paid leave law goes into effect January 1

Maine’s mandatory paid leave for workers went into effect on January 1.  The paid-leave law that went into effect Friday allows workers to accrue one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year, at businesses with more than 10 employees. The...

Mills Administration Continues Early Business Closing Time

Due to the dramatic increase in Maine’s COVID-19 positivity rate and a continued high rate of hospitalizations, the Mills Administration announced that it will extend the requirement for certain businesses statewide to close by 9:00 p.m. in order to limit activities...

Maine to End Hazard Pay for State Workers as Federal Funds Expire

Maine ends hazard pay for certain state workers on the last day of 2020, citing an inability to use its own money to backfill expiring federal stimulus funds. Kirsten Figueroa, commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Affairs, said in a...

Governor Mills Continues State of Civil Emergency

Governor Janet Mills extended the State of Civil Emergency (PDF) through January 20, 2021 this week. The Governor’s decision to extend the emergency is in line with nearly every other state in the nation which have ongoing emergency declarations, according to the...