Legislation and Rulemaking
The Maine Department of Labor (DOL) is involved at various stages of Maine's legislative process by:
- Acting as a resource to state legislators, employers, and constituents providing information about the Department’s programs and services;
- Sometimes proposing bills and taking positions as appropriate on legislation that affects Maine workers and employers; and,
- Adopting rules according to laws passed by the Maine State Legislature.
Dillon Murray, Legislative Liaison
Maine Department of Labor
As a state agency, the Maine Department of Labor is charged with adopting rules to implement laws passed by the Maine State Legislature. The Department adopts all rules in accordance with Maine's Administrative Procedure Act (MRSA 5, chapter 375), which requires public and legislative notice of rulemaking.
The Department has two paths for rulemaking:
Note: Categorizing rules as routine technical or major substantive is a matter of legislative discretion.
List of rule chapters which the Department is proposing changes and the rule chapters the Department is proposing for the first time.
Routine technical proposed rulemaking actions
Major substantive proposed rulemaking actions