By now all Legislative Committees have started to meet. Some committees are still conducting orientation meetings, while others have started public hearings.

On Monday, the Appropriation and Financial Affairs Committee began hearing public testimony Governor Mills proposed supplemental budget. Hearings ran through Thursday of this week and were held virtually.

The focus of the hearing on Monday surrounded the taxation of certain federal funds awarded to businesses in Maine. As part of the new supplemental budget, federal Paycheck Protection Loans would be subject to taxes in an effort to offset the budget.

The Energy Utilities and Technology Committee and the Environmental and Natural Resources Climate Council started committee orientations this week and both committees were briefed on the Maine Climate Council by Hannah Pingree, Director, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future and Dan Burgess, Director, Governor’s Energy Office. In addition, the committees heard from the Public Utilities Commission, the Efficiency Maine Trust and the Department of Economic and Community Development.

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.