Latest Maine State Legislature News

Maine celebrates 1st Indigenous People's Day

Oct. 14, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Mainer's are celebrating a new holiday. Maine lawmakers officially replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day which is being marked for the first time on Monday. Lawmakers decided to rename the holiday that honored Christopher Columbus because atrocities he and other European...

A solution for food waste in schools: Give it to the pigs

Oct. 13, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...

Vaping, guns, marijuana on tap for Maine legislative session

Oct. 9, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature might consider restrictions on vaping, stricter gun controls and new marijuana laws in the coming legislative session. Legislators in the Democrat-controlled House and Senate are hoping to propose some 400 bills, and will pitch them to legislative leaders later...

Maine to eye potential ban on vaping products

Sep. 26, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state senator in Maine announced plans to introduce a bill to ban the sale of vaping products in the wake of concerns about illnesses and deaths stemming from them. Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett, of Cape Elizabeth, feels the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must determine if the...

Retired Air Force general latest Dem to run against Collins

Sep. 24, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A retired Air Force general is entering the race to try to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Jon Treacy joins an increasingly crowded Democratic field that includes Speaker of the Maine House Sara Gideon, liberal activist Betsy Sweet and attorney Bre Kidman. Treacy spent...

Telecommunications, utilities spend heavy on lobbying

Sep. 22, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lobbyists ranging from the cable industry to major electric utilities have reported spending a combined $4.2 million in the newly Democratic Maine Legislature's busy legislative session. But top spenders didn't always get what they wanted, according to an Associated Press analysis of...

Collins' aide: New Kavanaugh accusation 'lacks an accuser'

Sep. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A spokeswoman for Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins says newly disclosed allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are not adding anything new to what's already been reported. Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat who hopes to unseat Collins...

Maine lawmakers to take another look at health care reform

Sep. 9, 2019 5:18 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Some Maine lawmakers are preparing to start tackling health care reform proposals that could go to the full Legislature when it returns in January. The Legislature's Heath Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee will meet on Sept. 24 in Augusta to work on several health...

Maine's Democratic rep staying out of pivotal Collins race

Sep. 5, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine's first-term Democratic congressman says he's not going to take a side in the state's much-watched U.S. Senate race featuring Republican Susan Collins. Rep. Jared Golden won a tight race against incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin in Maine's competitive 2nd Congressional...

Maryland pet stores sue to block state ban on dog, cat sales

Aug. 26, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Pet stores are suing to block a Maryland law that will bar them from selling commercially bred dogs and cats, a measure billed as a check against unlicensed and substandard "puppy mills." The stores' federal lawsuit, filed Friday, challenges a ban set to take effect on Jan. 1,...