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2013-14 Legislative Activity

Maine was the 24th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill

  • Pending an override of the gubernatorial veto that requires a two-thirds majority vote in each House and Senate chamber, the bill is dead for the legislative season of 2013-14. None of the governor's vetoes has been reversed.
  • On Friday May 31, Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed the "study" bill, stating that Maine's worker compensation program already provides benefits to injured employees and that he doesn't understand what such a study would accomplish. House Democratic leader Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, said the veto was part of a pattern of LePage "obstructing the good bipartisan work taking place in the Legislature.This bill won the unanimous support of the committee," said Berry in a prepared statement. "Members worked in a bipartisan manner to tackle the problem of bullying in the workplace." Read the press account of the veto "This bill won the unanimous support of the committee," said Berry in a prepared statement. "Members worked in a bipartisan manner to tackle the problem of bullying in the workplace." Read the press account in the Bangor Daily News, June 1, 2013.
  • On May 8, the amended bill was filed. On May 20, the House passed the "study" bill 87-Y, 52 No votes, including committee members who had voted for the bill in committee, with 12-Absent. On May 21, the Senate passed the "study" bill unanimously.It was sent to the Governor for his signature.
  • Between the time of the bill hearing and May 7, the Workers Compensation Board was consulted. The agency wrote its own amended version of the bill that cancelled all protections built into the Healthy Workplace Bill and replaced them with the mandate that the WCB "study" the psychological and physical health costs of abusive work environments.
  • On April 12, 2013 the Committee voted unanimously to pass the LD 1201/HP 845.
  • On April 8 there was a public hearing for HP 845 (LD 1201). Supportive testimony was provided by State Coordinator Lowell Gerber, MD, prime sponsor Rep. Gideon, and Patrick O'Brien (health care industry veteran). Opponents were the State Chamber of Commerce, the Retail Association, the Restaurant Association, and the Innkeepers Association.
  • Use the E-Z Letter Writing Tool above to ask the two Committee Chairs, Sen. Patrick and Rep. Herbig to move the bill forward.
  • On March 26, 2013 Rep. Sara Gideon introduced HP 845 (LD 1201) "An Act to Protect Employees from Abusive Work Environments"
  • There were 7 House co-sponsors and 2 Senate co-sponsors.
  • Read the text of the original HP 845.
  • The bill is referred to the Joint Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development

Sponsors of HP 845

House Representatives can be reached via the House Message Phone (800) 423-2900

Name District Phone E-mail Website
Rep.Sara Gideon   D-Freeport 207-287-4469 RepSara.Gideon@legislature.maine.gov Website
Rep. Katherine W. Cassidy    D-Lubec 207-733-4648 RepKatherine.Cassidy@legislature.maine.gov Website
Rep. Eleanor M. Espling    R-New Gloucester 207-926-6082 RepEllie.Espling@legislature.maine.gov Website
Rep. Thomas R.W. Longstaff    D-Waterville 207-872-6617 RepThomas.Longstaff@legislature.maine.gov Website
Rep. Louis J. Luchini    D-Ellsworth 207-664-4699 RepThomas.Longstaff@legislature.maine.gov Website
Rep. John C. Schneck    D-Bangor 207-942-7886 RepJohn.Schneck@legislature.maine.gov Website
Rep. Ryan D. Tipping-Spitz    D-Orono 207-866-4333 oronoryan@gmail.com Website

Senate Sponsors

Name District Phone E-mail Website
Sen. Tory Dale Jackson    D-Aroostook (35th) 207-287-1515 SenTroy.Jackson@legislature.maine.gov Website
Sen. Stan Gerzofsky    D-Freeport (10th) 207-287-1515 stan1340@aol.com Website

Joint Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development

Name District Phone E-mail Website
Sen. John L. Patrick, Chair    D-Rumford (14th) 207-287-1515 johnpat2000@hotmail.com Website
Rep. Erin D. Herbig, Chair    D-Belfast 207-542-7654 RepErin.Herbig@legislature.maine.gov Website

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