Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) has reportedly vetoed legislation (LD 1181) that would have required food companies with more than $1 billion in annual sales to disclose their use of priority chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) to the state. According to his July 8, 2013, veto letter, LePage rejected the measure for lack of funding, writing that lawmakers failed to allocate adequate resources for the program’s administration. He also noted that the bill would have established the actions of other states as “credible scientific evidence,” “regardless of whether other states use scientific analyses to reach their conclusions,” while asking Maine agencies “once again to re-visit which chemicals are considered of ‘high concern.’”
“In addition, the federal government, through potential amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act, may be exploring reasonable and consistent measures to address these concerns,” concluded LePage, who previously supported legislation designed to strengthen Maine’s Priority Chemicals laws. “I am willing to engage further in such dialogue but the bill as drafted goes too far and constituted an unfunded mandate.” See The Bangor Daily News, June 20, 2013.