On Wednesday, Democrats in the Legislature voted in opposition to several bills seeking to control the governor’s executive powers during a state of emergency.

The bills were sponsored by Republicans who have indicated that they believe Governor Mills overstepped her authority as she imposed restrictions on businesses and the public during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The party-line votes in the House defeated eight bills that would have required legislative approval for state-of-emergency declarations or imposed limits on their duration and application.

Republicans said the bills were meant to re-establish the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of state government.

Megan Diver

Megan has worked in Maine politics for more than ten years and all of her professional career, having served in many roles for elected officials (including former Secretary of State Charlie Summers), in-house with the Maine Association of REALTORS®, legislative specialist at Pierce Atwood LLP providing lobbying services and support to Pierce Atwood’s government relations clients and most recently senior government relations specialist at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Megan currently is the Vice President at the Maine Energy Marketers Association, utilizing her vast knowledge and legislative experience at the State House to represent MEMA on policies relating to the Association and its members.