Although one might not normally identify the state of Maine as a hotbead of legislative activity, it is certainly fitting that bill thus far this year. Maine’s pro-business Governor Paul LePage has been advocating legislation that would prohibit individual cities and towns from creating their own minimum wages, and representatives of his administration spoke in favor of L.D. 1361 this past week. The issue is especially contentious as Portland is trying to implement its own minimum wage. In addition, LePage is also leading a charge to repeal the state income tax via a constitutional amendment later this year. Now, on the flip side of the coin, we have the legislature looking at two initiatives right now that will not help the business community grow and/or create more jobs . . . both are off-shoots (In whole and in part) of the “Retail Workers Bill of Rights”, passed in San Francisco last year. L.D.1101 would implement the entire “Retail Workers Bill of Rights”, as passed last year in San Francisco, and require two weeks schedule notice, penalties for shorter notice of schedule, and the same pay and access to time off for part-time as well as full-time workers, among other anti-business provisions. The “lesser of the two evils?”, L.D.1217, would only require employers to give two weeks minimum notice of an employees work schedule and punish those who give less. And, if that weren’t enough, some in the legislature are looking to amend the Maine GMO labeling law, passed in 2013, to remove the current provision that it is not effective unless and until a contiguous also adopts a GMO labeling requirement. They’ll outlaw those pesky seedless grapes, if it’s the last thing they do!