Chipman bill to strengthen rural Maine workforce accepted by Legislative Council

Posted: December 10, 2019 | Senator Chipman

AUGUSTA — On Friday, Dec. 6, a bill from Sen. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, LR 2951, “An Act to Create Incentives for Employers to Allow Employees to Work Remotely in Rural Maine,” was accepted by the Legislative Council. It will now go before the full Legislature for consideration next year.

“One of the toughest challenges we face in our state today is the movement of people out of our rural communities,” said Sen. Chipman. “This bill would create incentives for employers to allow their employees to work remotely, permitting them to live in more rural areas and ensuring that rural communities can continue to thrive.”

Many people in Maine have felt pressured to leave their homes and move to the state’s cities for work. This bill would incentivize companies to give their employees the opportunity to work from home, allowing them to stay in the rural communities in which they live.

Bill requests submitted for consideration during the Second Regular Session must be approved by a majority of the 10-member Legislative Council. The Council is comprised of legislative leadership in both the Senate and the House. The second regular session of the 129th Legislature begins Jan. 8, 2020.