The Maine Legislature put in a couple long days this week with both the House and the Senate wrapping up the Legislative session with two evenings that went into the next morning. The full Legislature will likely be called back for “Veto Day.” Veto Day is when the House and Senate will vote to sustain or override all remaining bills that have been vetoed by the governor.

Governor Janet Mills has used her authority to veto bills, that have passed both the House and the Senate, sparingly during her first two years. However, this year could be different. There are many bills that legislators and business organization are hoping that Governor Mills may veto, with the public opposition to some. Floor votes during the last few days of sessions became less predictable because the parties have had less time to get organize their positions. The governor has been signing mostly minor bills into law this week and only issued 10 vetoes in the first two years of her tenure.

Hundreds of bills moved forward this week, among them there are some that Governor Mills has expressed concern with. Including measures to send a utility takeover to voters and enshrine a pioneering packaging stewardship program, plus others to allow farm workers to unionizeexpand tribal gaming rights and ban pretextual traffic stops.

The Legislature left hundred of bills unattended to. Some of these bills have been approved to be carried over into the Second Regular Session of the 130th Maine Legislature, bills that were still in Committee or left on the table in either the Senate or the House will die upon final adjournment.  Some still expect the Legislature to come back for a Bond Day as well.

This session has certainly been unlike any other with Legislators and business organizations only seeing each other in the person recently.

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.