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MMA Legal Services Issues Guidance on Affordable Housing Law

Thursday, November 30, 2023

On April 27, 2022, Governor Mills signed affordable housing legislation into law, P.L. 2021, c. 672, entitled, An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions (hereinafter the Affordable Housing Law). The law was later amended by P.L. 2023, c. 192, which was entitled An Act to Clarify Statewide Laws Regarding Affordable Housing and Accessory Dwelling Units. Together, these bills made significant...

Citizen's Guide to November 7 Election

Thursday, September 21, 2023

In collaboration with the Office of the Attorney General and Office of Fiscal and Program Review, the Secretary of State has published the Citizen's Guide to the 2023 Maine Referendum Election, which provides a non-partisan overview of the ballot measures voters will consider at the polls this November. Click here to review the guide. 

Important ARPA Reporting Deadlines

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The U.S. Treasury is reporting that 4,300 ARPA recipients have not filed required reports.  Although the list of non-filers has not been released, it is possible that some municipalities in Maine have missed the deadline.  The concern among municipal officials is if reporting deadlines are not fulfilled, the federal government will seek to “claw back” the distributed revenue.  Even if a municipality has nothing to report, they must comply with the filing...

Update on New Sales Procedure of Tax-Acquired Property

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Update 8/31 –The state statute modifying the new sales procedures for tax-acquired property (30-A M.R.S. § 943-C) requires municipalities to use forms notices and instructions provided by Maine Revenue Services.  Those forms are now available on the Maine Revenue Services Website.  MMA Legal Services has updated its guidance on the new sales procedures to reflect this new information. Click here for details

Cannabis Rulemaking - Public Comments

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

The Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP) is seeking public comments on proposed rules impacting the delivery, return, marketing and advertising of adult use cannabis, as well as the requirements for specified event permits.  A copy of the proposed rules can be found here.  OCP is accepting public comments through September 17, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. and will host an in-person public hearing on September 6, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. as another opportunity to solicit public comments and address...