We’re the statewide organization representing the interests and concerns of Maine’s grocery and food producer industry. 

The LCRED Committee took several hours of testimony on the predictive scheulding bills on Monday, April 27: LD 1101 and LD 1217.  THANK YOU to our members for their testimony, emails and calls.  The “model” legislation that served as the basis for these two bills is showing up in a number of other states, but only the City of San Francisco has enacted an ordinance.  The Maine proposals have been modified and would actually be more proscriptive requiring an employer with 50 or more employees to provide four weeks advance notice of the work schedule.  LD 1101 would impact retailers with 10 or more employees requiring a two week notice. Both proposals mandate compensation to be paid to employees whose schedules may be modified.  The business coalition was well organized while the proponents seem to stumble when asked specific questions about the proposals including the provisions that would exclude non-profits and government from the mandates.  From the line of questioning, it appears these bills have a bleak future.  No work sessions have been scheduled yet.

We will present testimony in opposition Thursday, April 30 on three bills seeking to unravel Maine’s GMO labeling laws.  We are not objecting to the law, but we are strongly opposed to any proposal that would unravel the well negotiated agreement of all interested parties that Maine should not go it alone.  Current law states that Maine’s law would go into effect only after 5 contiguous states pass similar legislation.  To date, Connecticut and Vermont have passed similar legislation.  Be sure to read the MGFPA Newsletter about the recent court ruling in Vermont.

 

 

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Annual Golf Tournament!

August 27, 2015

Natanis Golf Course, Vassalboro

Early Bird Special Coming Soon!

 

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Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence Announced

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is seeking applicants for the Governor’s Awards in Environmental Excellence.  To learn more about the award criteria, visit their homepage.

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