Latest Maine State Legislature News

Maine program to help low-income families with tax prep

Jul. 25, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is working with a tax assistance coalition to help low-income residents get more money out of their tax returns. Democratic Sen. Eloise Vitelli proposed a bill to make state funding available to CA$H Maine, a group that is made up of more...

New law designed to protect Maine teachers from bullying

Jul. 24, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine teachers will be protected by a new law designed to prevent workplace bullying of educators. The proposal requires school districts to have internal policies that address and stop bullying and harassment of educators and school staff members....

Maine to allow online voter registration in November 2023

Jul. 23, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents soon will be able to register to vote via a secure online portal. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, has signed a proposal passed by the Maine Legislature that proponents said will expand voting access. Democratic Rep. Teresa Pierce...

Democratic lawmaker says straight, white men 'too emotional'

Jul. 21, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker has taken down her Facebook account after criticism from conservatives over a social media post that said straight, white men “are too emotional to be in politics.” Rep. Charlotte Warren of Hallowell advised in the...

New timeline takes Maine redistricting process into the fall

Jul. 21, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is allowing the state more time for redistricting because of delays in the release of detailed population data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Under the Maine Constitution, lawmakers have until early June of the year...

Maine eyes commission to study paid family leave in state

Jul. 20, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is close to creating a commission to study a way to implement paid family leave in the state. The Maine Senate voted to enact the proposal on Monday. Proposal sponsor Sen. Mattie Daughtry, a Democrat, said the coronavirus pandemic “has...

$1B stimulus spending OK'd; Pine Tree Power veto sustained

Jul. 19, 2021 22:35 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed off Monday on nearly $1 billion in federal pandemic stimulus spending, but the bill failed to gain enough support to go into effect immediately. Lawmakers also sustained the governor’s veto of the creation of a consumer-owned...

Maine requires so-called PFAS to be phased out by 2030

Jul. 17, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill requiring manufacturers to report their use of a class of toxic chemicals and phase them out by 2030 is now the law in Maine. The law that took effect Thursday was one of several legislative proposals to address contamination by so-called...

Office of Affordable Health Care becomes law in Maine

Jul. 17, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill to create a new Office of Affordable Health Care in Maine has become law. The bill creating an independent, nonpartisan agency to attempt to control health care spending and improve access to quality care became law without the governor’s...

Panel approves spending of nearly $1B in COVID-19 relief

Jul. 16, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature's budget-writing committee voted along party lines on a plan for spending nearly $1 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds that tracks closely with a plan laid out by the governor. But Democratic Gov. Janet Mills urged the...