Latest Maine State Legislature News

A top Maine Democrat announces bid to unseat Sen. Collins

Jun. 24, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Democratic speaker of the Maine House of Representatives announced Monday that she is challenging longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who has found her long-standing image as a moderate sympathetic to abortion rights under fire in an increasingly polarized Washington....

Maine moves toward presidential primaries with ranked voting

Jun. 19, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Legislature sent a proposal to the governor Wednesday to ditch the state's presidential caucuses for a primary system that would be the nation's first to allow voters to rank candidates. The Democratic-led Senate approved funding the bill, which had already passed the House....

Maine bans single-use plastic grocery bags by Earth Day 2020

Jun. 17, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine will ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores statewide by 2020, according to legislation signed by the governor Monday. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill with the goal of limiting plastic pollution, House Democrats said. The ban will come into effect by April 22,...

Maine making public, private insurers cover abortions

Jun. 13, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill requiring public and private insurance companies to cover abortion is now law in Maine with Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' signature Thursday. The new law will take effect in 90 days and requires all insurers that cover prenatal care to include coverage of abortion. The proposal...

Governor vetoes bills that target CMP transmission project

Jun. 12, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday vetoed two bills aimed at creating obstacles for Central Maine Power's proposed 145-mile (233-kilometer) transmission project in western Maine. Mills called the proposals to give local governments the ability to block the project "poor public...

Lawmakers to vote on $7.98 billion budget in coming days

Jun. 12, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's appropriations committee has voted out a two-year budget deal with a sticker price slightly below the governor's original $8 billion proposal. The Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee voted 11-1-1 Wednesday on a $7.98 billion budget. The budget now...

Maine could push to change way president gets elected

Jun. 12, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's House is breathing new life into a proposal to join states pledging to award Electoral College tallies to the national popular vote winner in presidential elections. The House voted 77-69 Wednesday to join the National Vote Interstate Compact. Enough Democrats flipped from an...

Bill to legalize assisted suicide in Maine goes to governor

Jun. 4, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state's tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has 10 days to act on the bill and...

Maine legislators vote to legalize assisted suicide; governor not saying whether she'll sign bill

Jun. 4, 2019 11:56 AM EDT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine legislators vote to legalize assisted suicide; governor not saying whether she'll sign bill.

Maine could allow terminally ill to get life-ending meds

Jun. 3, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill people a fatal dose of medication under a bill that faces final legislative action in the state Senate. The Democratic-led Maine House voted 73-72 to enact the bill Monday as lawmakers recounted the last days of their own loved...