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November 12, 2020

Legislative Alert: House Democratic and Senate Republican Leadership Elections

Senate Republicans held their leadership votes on Tuesday, November 10th. As expected, Senator Jeff Timberlake was elected as Republican Leader. Both Senator Matt Pouliot and Senator Trey Stewart ran to be the Republican Assistant Leader. Senator Pouliot prevailed. Both Pouliot and Timberlake are starting their second term in the Senate.

Today, Thursday, November 12, the House Democrats made their choice for Speaker of the House. As expected, current Assistant Majority Leader, Ryan Fecteau, will be the Democratic candidate for Speaker on Wednesday, December 2nd, on swearing in day. Rep. Seth Berry also ran for Speaker. The House Majority race was between Rep. Michelle Dunphy and Rep. Denise Tepler. Rep. Dunphy was elected Majority Leader. The Assistant Majority Leader race was between Rep. Michele Meyer, Rep. Lori Gramlich, and Rep. Rachel Talbot-Ross. Rep. Talbot-Ross prevailed. Fecteau and Dunphy are starting their 4th term, and Talbot-Ross is starting her third term.

The Senate and House Democrats will have a joint caucus in the afternoon of Tuesday, December 1st to pick their candidates for Attorney General, State Auditor, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer. As we reported before, we expect no challenge within the Democratic party to either AG Frey or Treasurer Beck. The only candidate known at this time for State Auditor is Matt Dunlap. However, in the race for Secretary of State we have Senator Justin Chenette, Senator Shenna Bellows, House Majority Leader Matt Moonen, Rep. Erik Jorgensen, Rep. Janice Cooper, and Rep. Craig Hickman. The latter four are termed out of office, Chenette did not run for re-election, and Bellows was just re-elected to her 3rd term. If she were to win there will be a Special Election in her Senate District.

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Essential Business? Essential Activity? Clarification Here.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 2nd, the Governor has ordered a statewide “stay at home” order further restricting Maine resident’s movement. Governor’s Executive Order No. 28 FY 19/20 dated March 31, 2020 (“Stay...

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Legislative Alert: State Grants Request for "Essential Business" Status

Under the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Order issued yesterday (3/24/20), businesses not initially identified as “essential,” and therefore unable to continue operations, have the opportunity to request being re-classified as essential. One of the first...

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Maine Legislative Alert: Lodging reservations may begin immediately for June 1st stays

Some good news was announced during today’s daily COVID-19 daily briefing regarding Maine’s lodging establishments. Commissioner Heather Johnson announced that, effective immediately, Maine lodging facilities can begin accepting future reservations for stays beginning June...

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Legislative Alert: Economic Recovery Grant Program Update

On Thursday, August 20, 2020, Governor Janet Mills announced the launch of the newly established Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program – a state-based approach to help support struggling Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that...

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Maine Legislative Alert: Reopening and Other Updates

The Legislative Practice Group at Preti Flaherty hopes you are all staying healthy, safe, and sane. We are continuing to interface with Governor Mills, her staff, and relevant of members of her administration on...

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Legislative Alert: 2020 Election and State House Update

(Current as of 11/4/20 at 2:30 PM EST) Presidential Maine is one of two states in the country that splits its electoral votes. As in 2016, this turned Maine’s more rural 2nd Congressional District...

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Legislative Alert: Governor Janet Mills' Stage 4 Announcement

Governor Janet Mills announced Tuesday afternoon that Maine will enter Stage 4 of its four-stage Restarting Maine’s Economy Plan on October 13, 2020. Stage 4 will allow for increased indoor capacity during the winter...

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Legislative Alert: Governor Janet Mills Updates the Keep Maine Healthy Program

Last month, Governor Mills made a number of adjustments to the state’s Keep Maine Healthy Program, allowing for greater capacity for indoor dining, establishing opening dates for indoor service at bars and tasting rooms...

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Legislative Alert: Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee Meeting Report

The Maine State Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee met on Friday, June 5 th to continue to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on Maine’s economy. The agenda included childcare issues, a report from...

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Preti Flaherty COVID-19 Resources

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Preti Flaherty's attorneys have maintained a constant stream of the most up-to-date information and resources for our clients, business partners, and others struggling to navigate these complex...