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Feds Look Into LePage Meddling Accusations
05/02/2013 10:20 AM ET  

Maine officials say a U.S. Labor Department lawyer plans to conduct interviews this week with about a dozen people who attended a March 21 gathering at the governor's residence.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A U.S. Labor Department lawyer is in Maine to interview state unemployment hearing officers about allegations that Gov. Paul LePage pressured them to decide more cases in favor of business.

A spokeswoman for the Maine Labor Department says the lawyer plans to conduct interviews this week with about a dozen people who attended a March 21 gathering at the governor's residence.

Some at the meeting say the Republican governor pressured hearings officers - who adjudicate unemployment benefit appeals - to be more pro-business. One described it as a "group scolding.''

LePage denied trying to influence anyone, saying the "cordial'' meeting was to ensure that officers followed ``the letter of the law.''

The Maine Employment Lawyers Association asked federal officials to look into the case, a request LePage called "politically motivated.''


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