Latest Maine state government News

Consumer-owned utility advocates plan to oust CMP, Versant

Apr. 20, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan group of Maine legislators have introduced a bill that would allow a consumer-owned nonprofit corporation to take over state utility services from Central Maine Power and Versant Power. Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, said Monday that...

Maine: Senators want PPP improvements; 1M shots administered

Apr. 20, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators want the Paycheck Protection Program to provide more help to seasonal small businesses. Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and independent U.S. Sen. Angus King said Monday they are proposing a law change because some small...

Maine secretary of state to support voting law changes

Apr. 20, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's secretary of state said she support a host of election reforms in the state that are designed to make it easier to vote. Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said she will testify in favor of the changes before the Maine Legislature on...

Vaccine milestones reached in Maine and Massachusetts

Apr. 18, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

Half of Maine’s population of age 16 and up has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Janet Mills said Sunday. That amount includes 38% of eligible residents who received their final dose, Mills said in a news release. “We’re...

Maine local, renewable power program will become permanent

Apr. 18, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine initiative that allows electricity customers to pay more on their bills to make sure their energy is from a local, renewable source will become a permanent fixture in the state. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed off on a proposal to...

Public advocate, former lawmaker Barry Hobbins is retiring

Apr. 16, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Barry Hobbins, Maine's public advocate and a former longtime state lawmaker, will retire when his term ends in June. The Democrat, who served a combined 13 terms as a state senator and representative starting in 1972, announced his retirement...

No end date slotted for Maine mask rules despite NH changes

Apr. 16, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The only state that borders Maine is changing mask-wearing rules, but the rules in Maine are staying the same. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, has said that the state’s mask mandate will expire Friday, but that businesses can still...

Virus affecting small towns more; governor extends order

Apr. 15, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Maine’s growing number of COVID-19 cases is disproportionately affecting smaller towns. The 20 ZIP codes with the highest infection rate in the last month are concentrated in York, Androscoggin, Kennebec and Oxford counties, and only three...

Proposals to require voter ID fail in committee in Maine

Apr. 15, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Three proposals to require Maine voters to show photo identification before casting ballots failed to gain support in committee. The Maine Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted down all the proposals on Wednesday. Each vote was...

Thomas Delahanty II, former US attorney, dead at 75

Apr. 14, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Thomas Delahanty II, a longtime state judge who twice served as U.S. attorney, has died at 75. Delahanty first served as U.S. attorney under President Jimmy Carter and then again under President Barack Obama. But he spent the bulk of his career as...