Latest Maine State Legislature News

Maine lawmakers ask Baker to halt transmission line project

Nov. 23, 2021 21:17 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan group of Maine lawmakers on Tuesday asked Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to do everything in his power to terminate a $1 billion hydropower transmission project in Maine that will benefit Massachusetts. The lawmakers said proceeding...

Maine commission on college debt to start meeting this week

Nov. 16, 2021 10:33 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine commission that's tasked with studying college affordability will begin meeting this week. The Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion meets for the first time on Wednesday. The Maine Legislature created the...

Maine residents brace for power rate hikes over 60%

Nov. 10, 2021 15:48 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers are likely to see the rate they pay for home electricity increase, in some cases by a considerable amount. The Maine Public Utilities Commission recently provided possibilities about upcoming power rates to the Maine Legislature, agency...

Officials acknowledge lax oversight of medical marijuana

Nov. 10, 2021 10:04 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's top marijuana regulator said the state has few tools to prevent medical marijuana from being sold on the black market. Most caregivers are following the rules, but economics are driving the illicit sale of marijuana, said Erik Gundersen,...

Maine city becomes 2nd in state to adopt ranked voting

Nov. 03, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Voters in a Maine city decided Tuesday that they want their hometown to be the second in the state to use a ranked form of voting. Westbrook will join Portland in using ranked choice. The method is also used for presidential, U.S. Senate and U.S....

Democrat flips seat in Maine House in special election

Nov. 02, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A business owner and Augusta city councilor defeated an Army veteran and volunteer on Tuesday in a race for an open seat in Maine's House District 86. Democrat Raegan LaRochelle and Republican James Orr faced off during a special election to fill a...

Maine House Speaker Fecteau tests positive for COVID-19

Oct. 29, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine House Speaker Ryan Fecteau announced Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19, and will be working remotely. Fecteau said it was a so-called “breakthrough infection” because he'd already been vaccinated. ...

Maine Republicans propose monthly checks for taxpayers

Oct. 12, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Senate Republicans want to return to taxpayers a portion of the surplus that accumulated during the pandemic, thanks in part to historic federal assistance. The “Give It Back” plan is seen as a major piece of the GOP’s messaging push...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 08, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

Rutland Herald. October 6, 2021. Editorial: No regard The other day, we published a letter to the editor from someone who acknowledged that they were against the coronavirus vaccination and had not received it. The response within the community has...

Maine completes redistricting without gerrymandering drama

Sep. 29, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature approved new congressional, legislative and county commission maps Wednesday without bitter bipartisan fights and gerrymandering that plagued efforts in other states. All the maps were approved by a two-thirds majority in both...