Latest Maine State Legislature News

Maine House speaker joins push to defend abortion rights

Sep. 21, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic House speaker has joined a group of state lawmakers that is filing court papers in support of maintaining abortion rights. Maine House Speaker Ryan Fecteau said Tuesday he is one of almost 900 state lawmakers in the country who...

Latest: Alaska has new daily high in coronavirus infections

Sep. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported...

2 Maine senators, both vaccinated, test positive for COVID

Sep. 15, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two of the top ranking Democratic members of the Maine Senate have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Maine Senate President Troy Jackson tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the highest-ranking official in state...

Group calls for councilor's resignation over racist remarks

Sep. 08, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is calling for the resignation of a Maine city councilor over racist remarks targeting Black people. Councilor Leroy Walker made the remarks during a discussion about naming a pedestrian bridge in...

Black man inducted into Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame

Sep. 07, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The late founder of The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center has become the first Black Mainer to be inducted in the state's Franco-American Hall of Fame. Alain Jean Claude Nahimana, who died at age 49 last year, was one of three people to be...

Maine Democrats break with governor in fight over dam

Aug. 26, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Members of the Maine Legislature have proposed a bill to block Gov. Janet Mills’ administration from enforcing regulations that they say threaten to shutdown a key dam on the Kennebec River and a local mill nearby. Senate President Troy Jackson,...

Lobbying costs surpass $4m in Maine during the pandemic

Aug. 16, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Despite the pandemic limiting access to lawmakers, corporate and political interests working to influence the Maine State House spent $4 million on lobbyists in 2021. Pharmaceutical companies, cable companies, electric...

Maine: Community colleges require vaccine; GOP rips mandate

Aug. 13, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's community colleges will require all students attending in-person classes to be vaccinated against the coronavirus this fall. The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees approved the change in rules Thursday. The system said...

Mainers to vote on hydropower corridor, right to food

Aug. 06, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A couple of high-profile ballot questions will appear before Maine voters this November. One question will ask residents if they want to ban construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec region. It also asks if...

US memorials to victims of COVID-19 pandemic taking shape

Jul. 31, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has planted a memorial grove of native trees to remember people who died of COVID-19, and governors and state lawmakers nationwide are considering their own ways to mark the toll of the virus. Temporary memorials have sprung up across the...