- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage apparently violated the law by keeping secret until this week his creation of a special panel to review the Maine Human Rights Commission.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1FX83pk ) reports that LePage created the panel through an April 21 executive order but failed to notify the Legislative Council and Legislative Reference Library.

The review follows a clash between the governor and the commission’s executive director, Amy Sneirson, over LePage’s attempt to intervene in a discrimination case involving Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro.

LePage threatened to investigate and the executive order was drafted a month later.

According to the order, the review will not take place in public. Sneirson said she was told the investigation was necessitated by “a flood of phone calls” complaining about the commission.

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