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Maine State Background Check Laws

On April 5, 2019, the Maine governor signed L.D. 170 (H.P. 133) into law, adding title 5, section 792 to the existing state code. This simple three-sentence addendum to the law bans the box for state employment, going no further.

It specifically prohibits criminal history questions on employment application forms for state government jobs. It does not, however, apply to employment applications for jobs in political subdivisions, such as counties or cities. Nor does it apply to jobs in school administration or state government jobs for which the applicant is ineligible due to the nature of their offense or the nature of the position.  

Cities Include: Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, South Portland, Auburn, Biddeford, Sanford, Saco and more.

Note: This information is not intended to be legal advice. Please consult with your own legal counsel for advice related to your state/locality.

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