William Harwood. Credit: Courtesy of Verrill Dana

Maine lawmakers met Wednesday in person for the second time this month to take up matters including the governor’s veto of a bill allowing farm workers to unionize.

The proposal is unlikely to muster a two-thirds majority, since it narrowly passed last year. Republicans were united in opposition.

The Senate quickly confirmed the state’s new public advocate. William Harwood is a utilities lawyer who served as a senior adviser in Gov. Janet Mills’ energy office, and received a unanimous endorsement from the Joint Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.

There was a new face in the House.

Rep. Jim Boyle, D-Gorham, was seated after winning a special election to fill a seat vacated by Democrat Kyle Bailey because of a job conflict. Boyle will serve on the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.