At the state level, paid leave continues to crop up in State Capitols with Maine being only the latest example. The legislature’s Committee on Labor and Housing entertained a bill at a public hearing on Monday that would mandate businesses with more than 5 employees provide 5 days of paid leave annually. Similar legislation has been proposed in the past, but was blocked by former republican Governor Paul LePage, who term-limited out of office last year. Maine became a trifecta democratic state with the election of democrat Janet Mills, succeeding LePage, last November. Seemingly on a faster track is An Act Regarding Pay Equality (LD 278), which was heard on Monday but advanced by the committee to the full House. LD 278, filed by state Senator Cathy Breen, amends existing Maine law to prohibit inquiries into the salary history of a job applicant.