Latest Maine State Legislature News

Maine Republicans propose monthly checks for taxpayers

Oct. 12, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Senate Republicans want to return to taxpayers a portion of the surplus that accumulated during the pandemic, thanks in part to historic federal assistance. The “Give It Back” plan is seen as a major piece of the GOP’s messaging push...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 08, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

Rutland Herald. October 6, 2021. Editorial: No regard The other day, we published a letter to the editor from someone who acknowledged that they were against the coronavirus vaccination and had not received it. The response within the community has...

Maine completes redistricting without gerrymandering drama

Sep. 29, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature approved new congressional, legislative and county commission maps Wednesday without bitter bipartisan fights and gerrymandering that plagued efforts in other states. All the maps were approved by a two-thirds majority in both...

Masks are back for lawmakers; school outbreaks top 70

Sep. 24, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine legislative leaders are requiring lawmakers to wear masks when they convene next week for a special session. The Legislative Council voted 7-3 to return to a mask mandate for lawmakers who'll be gathering amid a growing number of daily...

Maine House speaker joins push to defend abortion rights

Sep. 21, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic House speaker has joined a group of state lawmakers that is filing court papers in support of maintaining abortion rights. Maine House Speaker Ryan Fecteau said Tuesday he is one of almost 900 state lawmakers in the country who...

Latest: Alaska has new daily high in coronavirus infections

Sep. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported...

2 Maine senators, both vaccinated, test positive for COVID

Sep. 15, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two of the top ranking Democratic members of the Maine Senate have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Maine Senate President Troy Jackson tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the highest-ranking official in state...

Group calls for councilor's resignation over racist remarks

Sep. 08, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is calling for the resignation of a Maine city councilor over racist remarks targeting Black people. Councilor Leroy Walker made the remarks during a discussion about naming a pedestrian bridge in...

Black man inducted into Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame

Sep. 07, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The late founder of The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center has become the first Black Mainer to be inducted in the state's Franco-American Hall of Fame. Alain Jean Claude Nahimana, who died at age 49 last year, was one of three people to be...

Maine Democrats break with governor in fight over dam

Aug. 26, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Members of the Maine Legislature have proposed a bill to block Gov. Janet Mills’ administration from enforcing regulations that they say threaten to shutdown a key dam on the Kennebec River and a local mill nearby. Senate President Troy Jackson,...