Latest Maine State Legislature News

Some lawmakers want cautious approach to Maine utility deal

Dec. 13, 2019 5:01 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Some lawmakers in Maine want regulators to take a cautious approach to the terms of a deal between utility companies. Electric company Emera Maine and potential buyer ENMAX of Canada have said the acquisition would bring major rate cuts to parts of the state. First, the Maine Public...

Rep. Pingree to vote for articles of impeachment

Dec. 13, 2019 11:13 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said Friday that she'll vote for articles of impeachment against Republican President Donald Trump, citing a “mountain of evidence” that Trump tried to get Ukraine to interfere in the U.S. election. The House Judiciary voted along party lines...

Maine votes to study preschool special education

Dec. 12, 2019 5:32 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature has voted to survey early childhood services following a proposal to eliminate Child Development Services. The state wants to cut the department that oversees special education for young children and delegate the authority to local school districts. The...

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...