Latest Maine state government News

Debt limit trigger aimed at consumer utility meets threshold

Jan. 27, 2023 11:22 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposal aimed at restricting long-term debt necessary to create a consumer-owned electric utility has enough signatures to appear on the November ballot in Maine. The secretary of state confirmed Thursday that the threshold was met for the Central Maine...

AG says company fined for threatening negative reviewers

Jan. 27, 2023 09:58 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A moving and storage company in Maine has agreed to pay a $125,000 fine and refrain from using a misleading email address to threaten customers who leave negative reviews, according to the state attorney general's office. The attorney general's office said...

New England states getting hit by latest winter storm

Jan. 23, 2023 16:54 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some of the New England states were getting hit with a winter storm Monday that was snarling roads, knocking down electric wires and keeping some children home from school. A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service is due to expire Monday...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 20, 2023 12:23 PM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. January 19, 2023. Editorial: State’s housing crunch grows more urgent As work at the General Assembly gets underway at the start of a new session, lawmakers are taking on any number of major challenges. Health care, education and tax policy...

Maine is the latest state to ban TikTok for state workers

Jan. 19, 2023 18:30 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine is banning TikTok from devices that connect to the government network, joining states banning the social media app owned by a Chinese company from state phones and other devices. Maine Information Technology notified executive branch workers...

Maine panel votes to appeal to seek child death records

Jan. 13, 2023 18:13 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee voted Friday to appeal a judge's conclusion that lawmakers aren't entitled to full investigative files on four child deaths that spurred further child welfare reforms. The Maine Legislature's Government Oversight Committee voted 6-4 to...

Report: Deputy justified in shooting teen with gun, machete

Jan. 13, 2023 14:38 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A deputy was legally justified in fatally shooting a 16-year-old who pointed a gun at the officer while holding a store employee hostage, the state attorney general's office announced Friday. The episode unfolded on Dec. 27, 2019, when Christopher Comacho...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 13, 2023 13:13 PM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. January 11, 2023. Editorial: As recreational pot sales begin in CT, history offers lessons moving forward It’s a historic week in Connecticut, as the sale of recreational marijuana finally becomes legal. Witnessing history is...

Maine moves forward with rules for sports betting

Jan. 11, 2023 16:06 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine launched the formal process of instituting sports betting Wednesday by releasing proposed rules, but it will be months before the first wagers are placed, officials said. The law adopted by state lawmakers went into effect in August, but the director of...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 06, 2023 07:11 AM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. January 5, 2023. Editorial: A pledge to stay the course in Hartford There was more than a little basking at the Capitol on Wednesday. And not without reason. Gov. Ned Lamont won a convincing reelection victory in November,...