Latest Maine State Legislature News

Maine grappling with closure of nursing homes

Jul. 19, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than a dozen nursing homes have shuttered in Maine in past five years, and leaders representing them in the aging state plan to meet next week with the administration of Gov. Janet Mills to push for $1 million in held-up funding. Maine currently has 94 nursing homes, down from...

Out-of-state money pours into Maine Senate race

Jul. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of dollars have flowed into Maine's Senate race this spring from out-of-state donors as Democrats and Republicans are poised to spend heavily in the race to oust GOP Sen. Susan Collins. In the last quarter, Collins reported bringing in $1.2 million from...

Conservative agitator announces bid for Maine senate

Jul. 16, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

BREWER, Maine (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage is giving his endorsement to the Maine Senate bid of a conservative agitator who once accused Democrats of waging a "war on whites." LePage appeared alongside Rep. Larry Lockman at his campaign announcement on Tuesday. The candidacy sets up a primary...

E-cigarette tax, help for poor residents on governor's desk

Jun. 29, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers passed major bills this month including a new tax on electronic smoking devices and liquids in the waning hours of the 2019 session with little fanfare. The Maine Legislature passed over 50 bills in the early hours of June 20, and many are soon due for action from Democratic...

A top Maine Democrat announces bid to unseat Sen. Collins

Jun. 24, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Democratic speaker of the Maine House of Representatives announced Monday that she is challenging longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who has found her long-standing image as a moderate sympathetic to abortion rights under fire in an increasingly polarized Washington....

Maine hopes new laws will help lower prescription drug costs

Jun. 24, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is hoping to lower prescription drug costs under bills signed by the Democratic governor. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed such bills into law Monday, and the laws are effective September. Such bills include a new program to allow Maine to import prescription drugs from Canada...

Maine set to collect data on petition signatures under bill

Jun. 24, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's set to collect data on how ballot campaign groups pay for petition signatures under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills. Mills' office says she signed the bill June 21. The Republican-sponsored legislation requires groups to provide the state a list of individuals...

Maine to allow over-the-counter meds in vending machines

Jun. 23, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine will allow the sale of non-prescription drugs in vending machines under a bill signed by the Democratic governor. Gov. Janet Mills' office says she signed the bill Friday. Maine in September would move to allow the sale of medications, including emergency contraception pills, in...

Governor signs her bill to protect tribal fishing rights

Jun. 22, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill she introduced aiming to protect fishing rights for tribes. The governor says the legislation shows what can happen when state government works in good faith with tribes. Her office says she signed the bill Friday. The bill gives Maine...

State rushes to fix how schools report alleged misconduct

Jun. 21, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine aims to improve how the state tracks investigations into educators accused of wrongdoing under a new law signed this week. Lawmakers passed the legislation to fix a rushed 2018 law the state's largest teachers union claimed didn't protect educators with teaching credentials who...