Latest Maine state government News

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...

Man in his 80s is Maine's 1st coronavirus-related death

Mar. 27, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man in his 80s who lives in the southern part of Maine is the state's first coronavirus-related death, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. The man was a resident of Cumberland County, the most populous county in the state and the center of the...

Law to protect small pharmacies on the books in Maine

Mar. 27, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new law in Maine is designed to protect small pharmacies from unexpected charges from insurance companies. The proposal, called “Act Act To Prohibit Health Insurance Carriers from Retroactively Reducing Payment on Clean Claims Submitted by Pharmacies,” was signed into...

Maine hopes new law will improve rural broadband access

Mar. 27, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has enacted a law that supporters said would expand access to broadband in underserved parts of the state. The proposal from Democratic Sen. Shenna Bellows is intended to make it easier for communities to get planning grants for broadband. Maine Democrats said the changes will...

Maine delays tax deadline, steps up help for nursing homes

Mar. 26, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine announced Thursday that it's extending the state tax deadline and providing additional payments to support nursing facilities that are working on infection control and visitor screening amid the rise in coronavirus cases. The Maine Department of Health and Human...

Maine hopes new mobile app reduces opioid overdose deaths

Mar. 26, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's state government and the University of Maine said Thursday a new mobile phone app can help reduce deaths from opioid overdoses. The Maine Office of Behavioral Health and the university said they've released the free app, which contains naloxone administration instructions. The...

Crosswalk signs outnumber the pedestrians in downtown Portland, Maine, just hours before a stay-at-home order goes into effect Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that will close all but essential workplaces in the city. City officials say residents must shelter in place starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Maine has reached 118 coronavirus cases, the majority in Cumberland and York counties. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

State closes Lewiston health office as worker gets COVID-19

Mar. 25, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Department of Health and Human Services closed its office in Maine's second-largest city on Wednesday after a worker tested positive for the coronavirus, and the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned that a rapid increase in cases isn't over. The...