Latest Maine state government News

State of Maine asked to oversee services for asylum seekers

May. 24, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nonprofits and community organizations want the state to begin coordinating services for asylum seekers after Maine's largest city announced this month that it could no longer guarantee housing. All told, 79 organizations signed the letter, dated Friday, that...

University of Maine trustees consider Malloy's fate

May. 22, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The fate of University of Maine Chancellor Dannel Malloy is on the agenda as trustees meet over the next two days in Portland. Malloy was hired in Maine three years ago after serving two terms as governor of Connecticut. His contract, which includes a...

Lawmakers want money for National Park maintenance

May. 21, 2022 08:58 AM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers from Maine and Colorado are calling on senators to increase funding for infrastructure maintenance on federal lands. Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine and Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado chair the National Parks Subcommittee in their...

Teacher defends LGBTQ lesson plan that was spiked by state

May. 20, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A teacher whose LGBTQ lesson plan for kindergartners was removed from a state website said Friday that the governor and education department succumbed to outside pressure. The governor and department “caved to pressure instead of standing up for some of the...

Maine removes LGBTQ teaching video assailed in Republican ad

May. 19, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Education removed from its website a video containing an LGBTQ lesson plan for kindergarten students that was the subject of a Republican ad targeting Democratic Gov. Janet Mills. The ad, which first aired Wednesday, accused the...

Maine attorney general plans to sue over PFAS contamination

May. 17, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey said the state is preparing for a lawsuit against manufacturers of so-called forever chemicals. Frey said at the Democratic State Convention last weekend that steps are being taken to “hold these chemical manufacturers to...

Gov. Mills touts fiscal record at Democratic convention

May. 14, 2022 21:06 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills sought to steal a page from the GOP playbook at Maine’s Democratic Convention on Saturday, boasting of returning money to taxpayers and raising the rainy day fund to new heights. The first woman to serve as governor of Maine contrasted her...

Church of Safe Injection executive director dies at 33

May. 12, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Kari Morissette, executive director of the Church of Safe Injection, an organization dedicated to harm reduction for drug users, has died. She was 33. Under her leadership, the organization became certified to operate needle exchange programs in Westbrook,...

Maine clarifies marijuana rules to try to aid medical users

May. 11, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has clarified some of its marijuana rulemaking procedures in a move supporters said would protect medical users and growers. The bill to clarify new rulemaking parameters for the state Office of Marijuana Policy went into effect late last month as an...

$1B hydropower project's fate rests with Maine supreme court

May. 10, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proponents in Maine of a stalled $1 billion energy corridor that sought to bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid asked the state’s high court to breathe new life into the project Tuesday. Attorneys for developers argued that a...