Latest Maine state government News

House rejects popular elections for constitutional officers

Jun. 15, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to require popular elections for Maine’s attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer has fallen short in the House. A two-thirds majority is required in both chambers to send the proposed amendment to...

Bill to close youth detention center is on governor's desk

Jun. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature has voted to close the state's only youth detention center, but the governor hasn't said whether she'll sign the bill. The proposal would direct the Maine Department of Corrections to make a plan to close the Long Creek Youth...

Applications available for $1,500 bonus for taking job

Jun. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Mainers can begin filing for a $1,500 cash incentive for taking jobs during the summer effective Tuesday. The governor announced the Back-to-Work program a day earlier to provide an incentive for people to get to work this summer. Workers who begin...

Maine to increase access to HIV prevention medication

Jun. 15, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has approved a proposal designed to improve access to HIV prevention medications. The proposal requires state-regulated health insurance providers to cover certain HIV prevention drugs with no out-of-pocket cost. The measure,...

Bill to close state police 'fusion center' fails in Senate

Jun. 15, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate effectively ended an attempt to eliminate the state’s secretive state police “fusion center” that came under under scrutiny after a whistleblower lawsuit. The bill to close the fusion center was rejected 29-6 in the Senate on...

Maine approves ban on aerial spraying of herbicides in woods

Jun. 14, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature on Monday approved a proposal to ban aerial spraying of some herbicides in the state's forests. The proposal, introduced by Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson, would stop the aerial spraying of glyphosate and other...

Daily infections continue falling; Gov. offers cash for jobs

Jun. 14, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control reported 13 new COVID-19 infections on Monday — the lowest total since late September — as the number of cases continue to decline in the state. The governor, meanwhile, unveiled a $1,500 cash incentive to get people working...

Maine House votes to eliminate police data sharing center

Jun. 14, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House voted Monday to eliminate the state’s secretive “fusion center” created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to ensure data is shared among law enforcement agencies. The 88-54 vote followed a whistleblower lawsuit...

Bill would make it crime to improperly store gun near child

Jun. 14, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature is moving forward with a proposal to change its child endangerment laws to include unauthorized access to firearms. The law currently states that a person can be found guilty of endangering a child if they knowingly sell,...

Maine eyes tougher lead testing in school drinking water

Jun. 14, 2021 03:05 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers want to strengthen lead testing in school drinking water. The Maine Legislature has been considering a proposal to decrease the standard for lead in drinking water from 15 parts per billion to four parts per billion. The Maine House...