RLDAM Legislative Update May 2023

The primary legislative issue for the business community this session relates to the issue of paid family medical leave. Last week, the Labor Committee finally held a hearing on LD 1964, An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Develop a Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Program. The Commission Report was released […]

RLDAM 2023 Legislative Priorities

Human Resources Workforce Development Business & Trucking Issues Other Issues For more information, please contact RLDAM’s lobbyist, Dan Riley of Norman, Hanson & DeTroyLLC, at 207-553-4687 or driley@nhdlaw.com.

RLDAM Legislative Update
April 2023

State News The passage of a biennial budget and adjournment of the First Regular Session last month, to allow the budget to become law in 90 days, means we are now in the First Special Session of the 131st Maine Legislature. There is no statutory adjournment for special sessions, but we expect this Special Session […]

Maine Legislative Update
March 2023

State News: Budget UpdateAfter weeks of failed negotiations, on March 30th, Maine Democrats passed a “baseline” $9.9 billion budget through party-line votes, over Republican objections, and then adjourned the First Regular Session of the 131st Maine Legislature. Governor Mills signed the budget into law on Friday, March 31st. The budget will not go into effect […]

Maine Legislative Update
February 2023

State News: The 131st Maine Legislature is continuing at a slow pace, primarily due to new leadership and a number of snowstorms last month. Of the 2,123 legislative requests that were submitted by the December 30th cloture date, 856 have been printed as legislative documents. Earlier this month, the final report from the Commission to […]

Maine Energy Efficiency Law Clarification

As of January 1, 2023, Maine’s law regarding appliances and product efficiency standards was changed. As of January 1, any products in certain categories offered for sale in Maine that were manufactured after January 1, 2023, have to meet increased efficiency standards as set forth in the law. There has been some confusion over how this law impacts […]

Maine Legislative Update
January 2023

State News: The 131st Maine Legislature is off to a slow start largely due to new leadership on the House side, and a series of snow storms which have cancelled legislative session and committee meetings. Of the four caucuses, only one has the same leadership team as last session. Senate President Troy Jackson (Aroostook), Senate […]

Maine Legislative Update
May 2022

In February 2021, during the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature, Representative Ann Matlack (D-St. George) introduced LD 1129, An Act Relating to the Valuation of Retail Sales Facilities. As originally drafted, the bill, nicknamed “the dark stores bill,” provided that in establishing the just value of retail sales facilities, consideration must be given […]

Maine Legislative Update
April 2022

On Tuesday, April 19th, the 130th Maine Legislature enacted a supplemental budget. The governor signed the supplemental budget into law the next day. The Supplemental Budget will: • Return more than half of the surplus—a total of $729 million—to around 858,000 Maine taxpayers in the form of $850 checks—a total of $729 million in direct […]

Maine Legislative Update
March 2022

In 2021, during the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature, Representative Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) sponsored LD 607, An Act To Restore Overtime Protections for Maine Workers. As originally drafted, the bill would have annually raised the minimum salary that an employee who works in an executive, administrative, or professional capacity must earn in […]