Latest Maine State Legislature 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...

Maine looks to boost funding for rural high-speed internet

Mar. 21, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature is considering an investment of $15 million in broadband internet in underserved parts of the state. The proposal from Democratic Sen. Erin Herbig of Belfast would provide the money for broadband infrastructure to the state's ConnectME Authority. Herbig compared...

Vinny Iannuzzi, the owner of Vinny's Deli on Center Street in Wallingford, holds toilet paper he has at his deli on Thursday, March 19. 2020. He is giving away a roll of toilet paper with every sandwich when you show them the coupon from their social media pages. (Aaron Flaum/Record-Journal via AP)

Connecticut lawmaker, Maine officer test positive for virus

Mar. 20, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

Developments from around New England on the coronavirus pandemic. CONNECTICUT A Connecticut state legislator has tested positive for the coronavirus. State Rep. Jane Garibay, 64, is the first lawmaker in the state to report a positive test. The Windsor Democrat is self-isolating at home. In her Thursday...

Bottles of hand sanitizer are made available for lawmakers outside the House Chamber at the State House, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Augusta, Maine. The Maine Legislature convened to consider coronavirus-related legislation and a budget bill. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine lawmakers wrap up work as virus cases nearly double

Mar. 17, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State lawmakers approved coronavirus-related legislation and additional money to fight the pandemic Tuesday as the number of positive tests for the new virus nearly doubled to more than 30 in Maine. The emergency measures temporarily expand unemployment benefits, establish a consumer...

Maine Legislature to adjourn next week because of virus

Mar. 13, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature will adjourn next week but not before dealing with any legislation related to the coronavirus, legislative leaders said Friday evening. The Legislature will consider emergency legislation on Tuesday before adjourning, and any unfinished business will carry over...

Lawmakers urged to borrow for infrastructure improvements

Mar. 12, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Transportation officials have asked for Maine lawmakers to pass another borrowing package to fund improvements to roads and bridges. Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note spoke before the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee Wednesday...

Maine opening up swifter access to dental care for children

Mar. 12, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Children will have swifter access to dental care under a proposal approved by the Maine Legislature. The Maine Senate enacted the proposal from Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn on Tuesday. It would prohibit insurance plans from implementing waiting periods before they will cover tooth...

Maine mulls limiting foreign spending on ballot questions

Mar. 11, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At a time of heightened sensitivity to foreign powers meddling in elections, the Maine Legislature is deciding whether to stop foreign corporations from spending money to influence some state elections. A proposal that was discussed at a public hearing Wednesday came in response to...

Maine tightens "Dig Safe" laws in wake of Farmington blast

Mar. 11, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill designed to make digging in Maine more safe in the wake of a fatal explosion has passed the state's Legislature. The Maine Legislature approved Democratic Rep. Seth Berry's proposal to include liquefied propane gas lines in the state's “Dig Safe” laws on Tuesday....

Maine Emergency Management Agency director sworn into office

Mar. 11, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills has sworn in the new director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency. Peter Rogers has been serving as acting director since June and deputy director since 2014. His nomination was approved unanimously by a legislative committee and the Maine Senate, and he...