Bill would speed up Maine bias cases

Posted Jan. 25, 2010, at 9:25 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine lawmaker says it takes the state Human Rights Commission too long to decide some cases — and she’s hearing about it from constituents.

Democratic Rep. Anna Blodgett of Augusta wants the commission to rule on complaints within a year of the filing date. The present law gives the panel two years to make a determination.

The Judiciary Committee plans a work session on Blodgett’s bill on Thursday afternoon. During a hearing before the committee last week, Blodgett said two years is too long to make a person wait.

Lynne Nash, who filed a complaint with the commission in 2008, also testified in favor of the bill. Nash said that continuing to work in an office with employees who are listed in a complaint makes for an unacceptable and hostile work environment.

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