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June 30, 2020

Legislative Alert: Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee Update

The Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee met on Friday June 26th to hear reports from the Chairs of all six subcommittees. In the reporting on Friday the biggest monetary ask was from the Infrastructure committee. They had only one immediate recommendation for $60 million in grants for broadband and $5 million for mapping the greatest need for connectivity. So far subcommittees have asked for CARES ACT funding for broadband, education at all levels, non-profits, housing, new Mainers, public health infrastructure, and hospitality.  Specific numbers were only mentioned for broadband. I believe the most controversial of the recommendations will be hospitality asking for ending the 14 day quarantine and testing requirement, and for grants for businesses. Every subcommittee is clear that support for broadband, education and childcare is essential.

The support staff was to create a compilation of all the recommendations that should have been sent to the entire committee on Friday afternoon. The direction to the committee members was to vote on a 5 point scale one’s support or opposition to each recommendation. Very Supportive, Supportive, Neutral, Opposed, Very Opposed. The committee members had until 10 am Monday to return their votes to Josh Broder and Laurie LaChance, the Co-Chairs of the full committee. Laurie and Josh will review the votes this morning.

It is not completely clear when they will go over this document with the entire committee. Here is a link to the decision making protocol they are supposed to use. It suggests that they are to attempt consensus and there will not be “majority” and “minority” recommendations.

There are subcommittee meetings scheduled this week and the entire committee is scheduled to meet again on Thursday. We will continue to monitor these meetings and ask for the process and related information to be made public as necessary.

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Governor Janet Mills Releases Maine Supplemental and Biennial Budgets

Governor Mills released both the Supplemental and the Biennial Budgets today. The Revenue Forecasting Committee has estimated a $650 million revenue shortfall in 2021 – 2023 combined. In his presentation to the Appropriations Committee...

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Legislative Alert: Legislative Leadership Election Update

The Senate Democratic Caucus met on November 5 th and, as expected, re-elected their current leadership team. Thus Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook), Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby (D-Androscoggin), and Senate Majority Assistant Leader...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislators receive their upcoming committee assignments

As was promised by Senate President Troy Jackson, the presiding officers of the Maine Senate and House announced committee assignments for the recently sworn in 130th Legislature this afternoon. This is roughly a week...

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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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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: House Democratic and Senate Republican Leadership Elections

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

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48 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2021, Including 4 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-eight Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2021, including four recognized on the inaugural “Ones to Watch” list for attorneys earlier in their careers and four “Lawyer of the...

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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: First Week of the Legislative Session Update

The 130 th Maine State Legislature convened on Wednesday, December 2 nd to be sworn-in, to elect the Speaker and the Senate President, and to elect Maine’s Constitutional Officers. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic...

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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...