Governor calling special session over food sovereignty law
Aug. 30, 2017
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he's calling lawmakers back to Augusta over the food sovereignty law.
LePage told legislative leaders in a letter dated Tuesday that a special session is necessary before the law takes effect on Nov. 1 because of objections from the federal government.
The law allows for local regulation of food instead of the state and federal government. LePage said that meat and poultry must be exempted so state officials can continue to regulate those products. If not, he said the federal government will step in to regulate them.
LePage also says lawmakers need to restore funding for the Maine Office of Geographic Information System, which is responsible for mapping activities that support a range of state services. Funding was inadvertently removed in the legislative process.