Latest Maine state government News

New Maine law designed to take away opioid treatment barrier

Apr. 4, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new law in Maine exempts the need for prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder under MaineCare. The law is designed to mirror legislation from a previous legislative session that reduced the prior authorization process for private health...

Workers rub their hands with hand sanitizer as they leave Bath Iron Works, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Bath, Maine. At least two workers at the defense contractor have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine governor places quarantine restrictions on travelers

Apr. 3, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor issued an executive order on Friday requiring travelers to the state to self quarantine for 14 days to lessen the chance of transmitting coronavirus. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, said the order applies to all travelers to Maine regardless of their state of residency....

Signs in a bookstore window in Brunswick, Maine, encourage residents to stay home on the first day of Maine's mandatory stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Janet Mills to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, April 2, 2020. A rain storm helped to discourage people from venturing outdoors. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Unemployment claims reach new record high in Maine

Apr. 2, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Unemployment claims in Maine have reached a new high, surpassing a previous record attributed to the coronavirus outbreak. There were about 23,800 initial claims for unemployment compensation during the week that ended March 28, the Maine Department of Labor said. The previous record...

Belinda Brewer uses decorative skeletons to hold messages reminding the public of proper coronavirus preventative measures, outside her home, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Freeport, Maine. Gov. Janet Mills announced a statewide stay-at-home order starting Thursday in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus in the state.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Disaster declaration sought; stay-home order starts Thursday

Apr. 1, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills requested a federal disaster declaration Wednesday as the state recorded two more COVID-19 deaths, dozens more people tested positive, and the start of a “stay-at-home” order neared. If approved, the declaration would open the door to greater...

Bill to prevent nonconsensual exams becomes law in Maine

Apr. 1, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine state law now includes new protections to prevent patients from experiencing nonconsensual medical exams. Democratic Rep. Vicki Doudera of Camden proposed a law requiring physicians and other care providers to receive informed consent prior to administering or supervising a...

Maine governor issues stay-at-home order until April ends

Mar. 31, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor called for a statewide stay-at-home order on Tuesday that is scheduled to last until the end of the month as the state copes with mounting cases of coronavirus. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said her order begins on Thursday and prohibits people from traveling beyond...

Maine extends deadline for boating registrations

Mar. 30, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine will allow boaters to operate without a 2020 registration until April 30 this year, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife said. Maine boat registrations typically expire at the end of the calendar year. This year, many municipal offices are closed...

Man charged with setting fire to elementary school

Mar. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

GRAY, Maine (AP) — A man has been charged with setting fire to an elementary school in Maine, officials said Sunday. Robert MacKenzie, 22, was charged with arson on Saturday after allegedly setting fire to Russell School, an elementary school in Gray, according to a spokesman for the state Department of...

Law to stop dental insurance waiting periods on Maine books

Mar. 29, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new law that prohibits insurance companies from requiring waiting periods before covering tooth decay in children is on the books in Maine. The proposal from Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn of Portland was intended to make sure children have timely access to dental care. Democratic...

Maine wants residents to enjoy the outdoors, but be safe

Mar. 28, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's wildlife and outdoors managers want the state's residents to enjoy the outdoors, but are asking they take precautions during the coronavirus outbreak. One of the most important things to do is avoid crowds, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife said. That...