Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 10-11-13

by Pierce Atwood LLP

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House.

List of Proposed Bill Titles for 2014 Session Now Available

On October 4th, the Legislature released a list of bill titles for legislation that legislators hope to introduce next session. At this point in time, all that is available are bill titles and not legislative language. Titles, however, can give a sense of what legislation may be considered next year, though some titles are vague. The titles for bill requests by legislators can be found here and bill titles for proposals by state agencies can be found here. It has been reported that there are over 400 bill requests for next session.

Procedurally, bill requests by legislators will now be sent to the Legislative Council (“Council”), which consists of the ten members of legislative leadership. On October 30th, the Council will meet to consider these requests. Only bills that are approved for introduction by six or more members of the Council can be introduced during the 2014 legislative session. Legislators then have until November 6th to appeal those bills rejected by the Council. Those appeal requests will be heard by the Council on November 21st.

The bill requests that are approved by the Legislative Council along with the 200-plus carry over bills, bills introduced as the result of study groups and task forces and bills proposed by the Executive Branch and its agencies will comprise most of the legislation that will be considered during the 2014 legislative session. There also will be after deadline bills that will be considered.

State Reacts to Federal Shutdown

The first week of the federal government shutdown did not appear to affect Maine state government to a large degree, but as the shutdown continues into its second week, the State is reacting. On October 9th, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee held an emergency meeting where, among other things, the Committee heard from Commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Sawin Millett. Commissioner Millett explained the effects of the shutdown on the Sate and the more than 2,700 state employees whose positions are funded in whole or in part by federal dollars. Some State workers have already been furloughed as a result of the shutdown and more will face this prospect if the shutdown wears on. Commissioner Millett explained that the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor will likely be hit the hardest by a long shutdown.

Following this briefing, Governor LePage declared a civil emergency due to the federal government shutdown. The Governor’s Office explained that the declaration will allow the Administration to better respond to the effects of the shutdown. Democratic leaders, however, immediately questioned the declaration and what, exactly, the Governor intends to do with the powers that flow from such a declaration.

Regular Legislation from 2013 Now Effective

October appears to be a month of deadlines coming due. At the beginning of the month, the federal fiscal year ended. Because no funding was appropriated for the new fiscal year, this precipitated a government shutdown. That same day marked the opening of health insurance exchanges created under the federal Affordable Care Act. A little over a week later another deadline came to pass in Maine as regular bills and resolves (e.g., non-emergency legislation) passed during the First Regular Session of the 126th Legislature became effective. With the effective date passed, all attention now is focused on posturing legislation for enactment or defeat next year.

Written by:

Pierce Atwood LLP

Pierce Atwood LLP on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.


JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at info@jdsupra.com. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at: info@jdsupra.com.

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.