Latest Maine State Legislature News

Maine committee approves Veterans Bill of Rights proposal

Aug. 4, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee has approved a proposal for a “Veterans Bill of Rights” that promises support for vets in the state. Democratic Sen. Mike Carpenter proposed the bill, which is designed to help make sure veterans have access to jobs, education, physical and...

Maine museum, archives building to close for repairs

Aug. 1, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Cultural Building in the state's capital city will be closed for mechanical upgrades and asbestos abatement. The building is located near the Maine State House and is home to the Maine State Library, Maine State Archives and Maine State Museum. It could be closed for up to...

Maine lawmaker calls for anti-profiling legislation

Jul. 29, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — For the second consecutive year, a Maine lawmaker has proposed legislation designed to combat racial profiling, by requiring all law enforcement agencies to document demographic data of the people they stop. Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, called on the state to address issues of...

Maine Republicans want to ease restrictions to boost tourism

Jul. 27, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Republicans and hospitality and business groups said Monday the state should ease restrictions on entry into the state to try to save what's left of the summer tourism season. The push for reopening earned a swift rebuke from Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who said the...

Acadia, other national parks in line for overdue maintenance

Jul. 24, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan proposal that would help address maintenance backlogs at national parks including Acadia National Park has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. The proposal, championed by lawmakers including Maine Democratic Rep. Jared Golden, would allocate $9.5...

House OKs free national park access for Gold Star families

Jul. 23, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a proposal from two Maine lawmakers to give families of fallen military service members free access to national parks. Independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Rep. Jared Golden introduced the Gold Star Families Park Pass Act, which...

Former state rep's lead holds after ranked round in primary

Jul. 21, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine election officials said Tuesday that former state Rep. Dale Crafts won the state's Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional District using ranked choice voting. Crafts also won the first round of voting on Election Day and both of his opponents, Adrienne Bennett and Eric...

Max Linn cleared for ballot after challenge is withdrawn

Jul. 17, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A challenge of petitions filed by an independent candidate for U.S. Senate was withdrawn on Friday, clearing the way for Bar Harbor businessman Max Linn to appear on the November ballot. Linn is running for Senate in a race where the high-profile candidates are Republican incumbent...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 17, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Stonington school board should stop self-serving FOI appeal The Day July 16 The job of the Stonington Board of Education is to set policy for the administration to implement. One policy it should set for the...

Ranked runoff to begin in Maine GOP primary for House seat

Jul. 17, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine election officials began determining the winner of a Republican primary for a U.S. House of Representatives seat on Friday using ranked-choice voting. Former state Rep. Dale Crafts won Tuesday's initial round of voting, but did not crack 50% of the vote, which triggers a ranked...