The Maine Legislature delayed meetings of both the House and Senate Chambers set for next week after the second legislator in a week tested positive for COVID-19.

The change, which was announced in a letter to all legislators from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and House Speaker Ryan Fecteau, D-Biddeford, will push the session that had been scheduled for next Thursday at the Augusta Civic Center into the following week.

The legislator who tested positive was not named in the letter due to confidentiality policies, but Jackson and Fecteau said all indications were that this case was not related to another legislator’s positive test. The second legislator to test positive is asymptomatic and one close contact has been notified.

It is unclear how many Maine legislators have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began here more than a year ago.

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.