Latest Maine state government News

Maine: COVID-19 counts rise, indoor masking could return

Jul. 27, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Cases of the coronavirus in Maine are growing, and the state's governor said Tuesday that officials are reviewing public health recommendations about the virus. The number of daily coronavirus infections has quadrupled in Maine over the last two...

Escape charge dismissed for man who served murder sentence

Jul. 27, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state supreme court on Tuesday dismissed an escape charge against a man who served 22 years for murder before walking away from the Riverview Psychiatric Center, where he was committed. Mark Gessner was being treated at the psychiatric...

Commission will propose family leave policy for Maine

Jul. 27, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A commission in Maine is going to study ways to implement a paid family medical leave policy for the state. Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill about the proposal into law earlier in July. The proposal, from Democratic Sen. Mattie Daughtry, called for a...

Maine program to help low-income families with tax prep

Jul. 25, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is working with a tax assistance coalition to help low-income residents get more money out of their tax returns. Democratic Sen. Eloise Vitelli proposed a bill to make state funding available to CA$H Maine, a group that is made up of more...

Railroad crossings in Portland area to be reconstructed

Jul. 24, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials, a pair of cities and Pan Am Railways are working together to reconstruct two major railroad crossings in the Portland area. The Maine Department of Transportation said it's working with Portland and Westbrook on the project. The...

New law designed to protect Maine teachers from bullying

Jul. 24, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine teachers will be protected by a new law designed to prevent workplace bullying of educators. The proposal requires school districts to have internal policies that address and stop bullying and harassment of educators and school staff members....

Groups urge state to protect last wild Atlantic salmon in US

Jul. 24, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is home to the last wild Atlantic salmon populations in the U.S., but a new push to protect the fish at the state level is unlikely to land them on the endangered list. Atlantic salmon once teemed in U.S. rivers, but now return from the sea...

Maine to allow online voter registration in November 2023

Jul. 23, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents soon will be able to register to vote via a secure online portal. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, has signed a proposal passed by the Maine Legislature that proponents said will expand voting access. Democratic Rep. Teresa Pierce...

Maine to celebrate blueberry crop on second August weekend

Jul. 23, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will celebrate its wild blueberry crop with a new weekend of events in early August. Maine is home to the only commercial-scale wild blueberry producers in the U.S., and the wild blueberry is the official state berry. Gov. Janet Mills said...

Unvaccinated lawyer required to wear mask during trial

Jul. 22, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An attorney who declined to be vaccinated for COVID-19 had to wear a mask during a trial this week after losing an appeal to the state supreme court. Darrick X. Banda, who likened the mask to “a dunce cap,” said the timing of new court rules...