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The last day of the legislative session was a very disappointing one for us because legislators failed to override Gov. LePage’s vetoes of LD 1181 and LD 611.


LD 1181, the Healthy Kids Bill, would have improved the Maine Kid Safe Products Act by requiring food and beverage companies with more than $1 billion in gross annual sales to report their use of priority chemicals like BPA (bisphenol A) in metal food packaging. While Maine has been a leader on working to get BPA out of baby food packaging, children get most of their exposure to BPA by eating canned food. Parents can’t get the information they need to make informed decisions about what food is safe for their children and neither can local business owners.


LD 611 would have raised the minimum wage to $8.00 on July 1, 2014, then to $8.50 on July 1, 2015, and to $9.00 on July 1, 2016. After that, Maine’s minimum wage would increase annually using the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). This is an important economic security issue for the 84,000 Mainers who earn the minimum wage, and especially to women – who make up 61% of full-time minimum wage workers and nearly 60% of all minimum wage workers.


We’re not done fighting to get toxic chemicals out of our everyday products or improving the economic security of Maine women. Over the next year, we’ll be talking more to women across the state about issues that affect our physical and economic health and how we can work together on finding solutions. And we’re holding two events in the coming months that directly relate to these bills. We hope you can join us for one or both of the events and we look forward to talking with you more about these issues. If you’re ready to talk today, feel free to call Kathy at 207.622.0851 x25 or email kkilraindelrio@mainewomen.org. We’ll be sharing more about the legislative session later this summer.

with author Florence Williams
August 15, 2013 – 7:00 PM
The Strand, Rockland, ME
Join us as award-winning journalist Florence Williams uses the history of our breasts as a lightning rod to examine environmental issues that impact our health. Williams will be our guide as we explore the organ throughout its life cycle, from puberty to the changes it undergoes during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause.
 Get your ticket online today or call 207.622.0851 x22.
Maine Women’s Summit on Economic Security
October 1, 2013
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

This day will be filled with stimulating discussions, interactive workshops, and engaging speakers – all talking about one of our favorite subjects: how to improve the economic security of Maine women, and by extension improve our state’s economy. The keynote speaker will be Madeleine Kunin, former governor of Vermont and author of The New Feminist Agenda.

 Tickets will become available in August. To learn more about how you can help, call 207.622.0851 x25 or email kkilraindelrio@mainewomen.org

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