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Lawmakers looking to fund bills on opioid addiction, jails

Jun. 19, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers returned to the Statehouse on Tuesday to consider funding over 100 bills and bonds. The Legislature is deciding what, if anything, to do with $141 million in unappropriated surplus funds. The special session is expected to continue Wednesday and Thursday. Lawmakers are...

Advocates say administration flouts Medicaid expansion law

Jun. 19, 2018 2:16 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An advocacy group is again accusing Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration of flouting the law in the latest legal battle over voter-approved Medicaid expansion in Maine. Maine Equal Justice Partners argued Tuesday that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court should reject the...

Court says Maine must submit Medicaid plan, despite appeal

Jun. 18, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state judge has ordered the LePage administration to file paperwork to expand Medicaid despite an ongoing appeal, and the administration vowed on Monday to fight the order. Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy denied a motion filed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration...

Maine governor: Trump made overtures but nothing concrete

Jun. 18, 2018 1:08 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican governor said the Trump administration has reached out to him about a job but that there's "nothing concrete at this time." Gov. Paul LePage told Fox News' "Cavuto Live" last weekend that he's planning to take some time off after he leaves office in January and that...

LePage wants to put kids in new kind of psychiatric facility

Jun. 16, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State data shows that 42 Maine children are living outside the state receiving treatment they can't access in Maine. The Bangor Daily News reports that the state wants to fill in the gaps with proposed psychiatric residential treatment facilities for children and teenagers with...

Maine race continues as residents await primary winners

Jun. 16, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine businessman Shawn Moody is getting a head start on campaigning as the Republican nominee in the November election as Democrats await their primary winner under ranked-choice voting. The state's top election officials said they may release unofficial election results sometime...

Governor wants to know if wind turbines 'truly' help Maine

Jun. 16, 2018 8:18 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican governor wants to know if what he calls "massive" wind turbines help the rural state's economy. Gov. Paul LePage has prohibited state agencies from permitting new wind energy projects in western and coastal Maine, on coastal islands and along certain avian migratory...

Maine lawmakers agree to get back to business

Jun. 15, 2018 4:48 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers are returning for a special session next week in Maine. Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon said lawmakers will return Tuesday. The session could last several days but legislative leaders say it could move quicker. House Republican leader Ken Fredette said he's glad...

House GOP on board with special session next week in Maine

Jun. 14, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — All signs point to lawmakers returning for a special session next week in Maine. House Republican leader Ken Fredette said the GOP caucus supports getting back to work, now that the appropriations committee reached an agreement. Fredette said the agreement calls for any Medicaid...

Backers: Ranked-choice voting 'here to stay' despite hiccups

Jun. 13, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting resulted in confused voters, scores of spoiled ballots and fears of impending lawsuits. But there was no widespread chaos, and proponents were already talking up expanding the system Wednesday, even before the votes were fully...