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Portland hazard pay, statewide gas detector laws in effect

A pair of new laws became official on New Year’s Day.In the city of Portland, workers now will receive a minimum wage of $19.50 per hour as the city’s hazard pay law during states of emergency is now in effect.The ordinance was approved by the voters in a 2020 referendum. The city’s state of emergency has been the subject of recent debate, with the city council set to weigh whether to eliminate it at their meeting on Jan. 3. The council is also expected to consider a city-wide mask mandate at the same meeting.A statewide law also went into effect on Saturday which requires some businesses including hotels, multi-family dwellings and other places of public dwelling such as college dorms to install and maintain detectors for propane, natural gas and liquified petroleum gas in places where the gases may be present.The law is in response to the 2019 explosion in a Farmington building that killed Fire Capt. Michael Bell. The blast was caused by a propane gas leak.Private homes are exempt from the law unless they are sold.Violators of the law face fines of up to $500.

A pair of new laws became official on New Year’s Day.

In the city of Portland, workers now will receive a minimum wage of $19.50 per hour as the city’s hazard pay law during states of emergency is now in effect.

The ordinance was approved by the voters in a 2020 referendum. The city’s state of emergency has been the subject of recent debate, with the city council set to weigh whether to eliminate it at their meeting on Jan. 3. The council is also expected to consider a city-wide mask mandate at the same meeting.

A statewide law also went into effect on Saturday which requires some businesses including hotels, multi-family dwellings and other places of public dwelling such as college dorms to install and maintain detectors for propane, natural gas and liquified petroleum gas in places where the gases may be present.

The law is in response to the 2019 explosion in a Farmington building that killed Fire Capt. Michael Bell. The blast was caused by a propane gas leak.

Private homes are exempt from the law unless they are sold.

Violators of the law face fines of up to $500.

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2022-01-01 20:31:00

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