Latest Maine State Legislature News

Dental bill would eliminate waiting periods for children

Dec. 2, 2019 8:02 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers may approve a bill that would prohibit dental insurers from imposing waiting periods for new pediatric patients. The Portland Press Herald reports the bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn is expected to go before the Legislature in January. The waiting...

Trustees back name change for University of Southern Maine

Nov. 18, 2019 12:34 PM EST

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — There’s support for changing the University of Southern Maine’s name to the University of Maine at Portland. The vote on Monday from the University of Maine System trustees in Farmington authorizes the system’s leadership to seek approval from the Maine...

Trump, impeachment could loom large in Sen. Collins’ race

Nov. 17, 2019 12:46 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins has a well-funded Democrat prepping to challenge her next year. She has national women’s groups ready to attack her over her vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh. And she’s a moderate facing an electorate that increasingly...

Candidate: US intelligence, not Russians, exerted influence

Nov. 16, 2019 10:03 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate in Maine says American intelligence agencies did more to influence the 2016 election than the Russians. Former state Sen. Eric Brakey is doubling down on a tweet from earlier this month. He tells the Sun Journal there’s nothing to indicate...

Former Google exec, Schwarzenegger aide enters Senate race

Nov. 7, 2019 4:27 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Google executive and adviser to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is joining the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Susan Collins. Biddeford native Ross LaJeunesse, a Democrat, makes it a four-way primary race with Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon,...

Health care, education to lead Maine's legislative debates

Oct. 29, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several bills focused on health care and education are expected to lead legislative debates at the Maine Statehouse in 2020. Numerous bills on expanding access to health care, and growing training and educational opportunities for residents were included among the 134 new measures the...

Maine celebrates 1st Indigenous People's Day

Oct. 14, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Mainer's are celebrating a new holiday. Maine lawmakers officially replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day which is being marked for the first time on Monday. Lawmakers decided to rename the holiday that honored Christopher Columbus because atrocities he and other European...

A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

Oct. 13, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...