LEPAGE VETOES BILL PROTECTING WORKERS’ SEVERANCE PAY
AUGUSTA – Governor LePage vetoed a bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash to allow former employees of the Maine Military Authority (MMA) to sue for worker’s severance pay.
“People who are laid off through no fault of their own deserve to have severance pay that has been agreed upon already,” said Senator Jackson. “This bill would allow former employees at Maine Military Authority to sue for severance pay that is rightfully theirs.”
Under current state law, MMA is required to pay severance pay for laid off workers. However, following recent layoffs at the company, many workers have been left without compensation.
The Senate passed the measure with a 22 to 13 vote.
With 179 vetoes, Governor LePage has exceeded the number of vetoes by any other Governor, including the previous record holder, one-term Governor Jim Longley who issued 118 vetoes.
The Senate will take up the veto ofLD 1837 “An Act To Provide Former Employees of the Maine Military Authority the Ability To Sue for Severance Pay” when the Legislature reconvenes on May 1. Two-thirds, or 24 votes, is needed to override the veto.