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First Regular Session of the 119th


S.P. 616 - L.D. 1781

An Act Relative to Freedom of Employment in the Broadcasting Industry

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §599 is enacted to read:

§599. Broadcasting industry contract

     1. Definition. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, "broadcasting industry contract" means an employment contract between a person and a legal entity that owns one or more television stations or networks or one or more radio stations or networks, excluding an employment contract with a sales representative.

     2. Presumed unreasonable. A broadcasting industry contract provision that requires an employee or prospective employee to refrain from obtaining employment in a specified geographic area for a specified period of time following expiration of the contract or upon termination of employment without fault of the employee is presumed to be unreasonable.

Effective September 18, 1999, unless otherwise indicated.

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