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Maine Municipal Law Update: Biennial Budget, Marijuana Legalization & Opportunity Agenda

Maine's Biennial Budget - Legislative work continues to steadily flow in Augusta, Maine as more bills are taken up by policy committees and many of them are meeting passage or being killed. In addition, the state’s...more

Lis Pendens Only Available when Title to Real Estate is Involved

In the pending case of Brunswick Citizens for Collaborative Government, et al. v. Town of Brunswick, (Cumberland County Superior Court) the Petitioners claim that the Town of Brunswick failed to follow its Charter procedure...more

Superior Court Rejects Disappointed Bidder’s Claim

Whether required by state law or by local ordinance or practice, municipalities often use the competitive bidding process to purchase property, equipment and most types of services. In the recent case of Design...more

Maine's Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation

Possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for recreational purposes has now been legal in the State of Maine for three weeks. The world as we know it seems unchanged....more

LePage Demands Stall Marijuana Law

Yesterday the already tumultuous story of LD 88, "An Act To Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act" took an increasingly intriguing turn when the bill was enacted by the Legislature but...more

VLA Reports out Marijuana Amendment

The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee (“VLA”) held a public hearing on Tuesday of this week on LD 88, which lasted for just under four hours with several dozen members of the public testifying. There were more people there...more

Legal Marijuana – High on the Legislative Agenda

In the wake of Question 1's passage on last November's referendum ballot in Maine, marijuana legalization must now be implemented via programs overseen by the Legislature and Executive Branch. This has led to a spate of...more

Governor’s Panel Supports Maine Human Rights Commission

In response to concerns about the Human Rights Commission, Governor LePage, by Executive Order, established the Maine Human Rights Commission Review Panel on October 14, 2015. The Panel issued its Findings on September 27,...more

Final Right to Work Blog (127th Maine Legislature)

Efforts to pass “Right to Work” legislation in Maine have been defeated for the second time in four years. Three bills that were able to survive on minority reports after being heard and worked by the Legislature’s Joint...more

Right to Work - Chapter 4

Yesterday, May 6, 2015, the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research, & Economic Development held work sessions on a number of bills pertaining to “Right to Work” policy. The Maine AFL-CIO held a morning rally in...more

Right to Work - Chapter 3

The Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development heard testimony Monday on six proposed bills that would seek to alter the relationship unions have with employees and...more

Right to Work Laws - Chapter 2

The Maine Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development has scheduled public hearings regarding bills which address different aspects of Right to Work. The hearings are scheduled for Monday,...more

Governor LePage Pushes Right to Work Legislation

Governor Paul LePage is aggressively pushing LD 489, An Act to Ensure the Right to Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment. Current law allows public employees to opt out of joining...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Three Employment Discrimination Cases

The United States Supreme Court held its traditional first of October meeting to determine which cases it will hear during the 2014-15 term. The Court has accepted three employment discrimination cases....more

Human Rights Commission Looking for Early Information From Claimants

Representing defendants in claims before the Maine Human Rights Commission can be frustrating because the allegedly detailed statement of charge is often not very detailed. It can be difficult to respond to a claim when the...more

Avoiding a Severance Agreement Trap

This is a true and cautionary tale and one that can be readily avoided. You have finally completed negotiations with a problem employee you have wanted to get rid of and a severance agreement has been signed. The terms are...more

Maine Human Rights Commission Changes Process to Weed Out Weak Cases

In response to significant concerns about the timeliness of handling claims and the often unnecessary drain of going through the full process of responding to meritless Human Rights Commission claims, the Commission has...more

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Maine Legislature to Consider Employer Drug Policies

Over the next few months, the Maine Legislature will be considering substance abuse policy regulation. Senator Andre Cushing has introduced a bill, LD 1669, An Act To Standardize and Simplify the Process for Employers To...more

Changes at the Maine Human Rights Commission

The new counsel to the Maine Human Rights Commission, Barbara Archer Hirsch, spoke to the Employment Section of the Maine Bar Association yesterday. She announced one significant change in how the Commission would be...more

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